Our Psalm today is one of the keys in dealing with something we all struggle with: anger. Anger might not be something you think you struggle greatly with; you might not be one that explodes with anger, but you might be someone who allows anger to be bottled up and stew on the inside. Anger is a problem of the heart and it doesn’t manifest itself in only one way. Robert Jones defines anger in his book, Uprooting Anger, like this: “our whole-personed active response of negative moral judgment against perceived evil.” Basically, anger is something we experience when things don’t go our way. How does today’s Psalm relate to this?
Psalm 75 teaches us that God is the one who deals with negative moral actions and evil.
At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity. (v. 2)
…but it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another. (v. 7)
One of the keys in dealing with negative moral judgments against perceived evils is trusting that God will bring justice upon those who commit true negative moral and evil actions. When we are angry, we often are attempting to take the place of God as the one who exercises this judgment on others. Allowing God to have his rightful place in our hearts is a correct response to being the victim of even true negative moral and evil actions, let alone those that are only perceived.
Do you have an example of how you have been able to trust God even when you have been sinned against or things haven’t gone your way? Share them in the comments!
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice