Who’s Horn Will You Toot?
We give thanks to you, O God;
we give thanks, for your name is near.
We recount your wondrous deeds.
2 “At the set time that I appoint
I will judge with equity.
3 When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants,
it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah
4 I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’
and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn;
5 do not lift up your horn on high,
or speak with haughty neck.’”
6 For not from the east or from the west
and not from the wilderness comes lifting up,
7 but it is God who executes judgment,
putting down one and lifting up another.
8 For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup
with foaming wine, well mixed,
and he pours out from it,
and all the wicked of the earth
shall drain it down to the dregs.
9 But I will declare it forever;
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10 All the horns of the wicked I will cut off,
but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.
Our sinful nature, full of pride and arrogance, draws us down a path that leads to destruction. But God wants better for us. If we humble ourselves, He will lift us up.
- In what areas of your life have you been arrogant, boastful, or proud? Are you acting like a proud animal that defiantly raises its horns against the world? Are you refusing to bow before God as an ox tossing its neck refusing the yoke?
- Proverbs 16:18 tells us: "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." Think about a time in your life when everything was going right. How did you respond? With horns lifted high, reveling in your success? Or with horns bowed in reverence and thanksgiving to God?
- How are you protecting yourself today from wickedness and the schemes of the enemy?