I Ain’t Drinking That!
by Ray Harmer
I was taught to let others sing my praises. I learned the only time we should blow our horn is during a job interview. Today there is so much horn-blowing, it is a wonder we can hear God on high. Many are literally stealing praise from God. Among the top three things in Heaven for me are: Jesus (that is all weneed), saved loved ones that have gone on and the absence of horn-blowers. We must remember, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ep. 2:8-9). Thank God there will be none of that and our time will be focused on the One who paid it all!
In our reading, the enemies of God’s people are boasting of their strength. Evidently they did not realize they were calling out God. Many times we see athletes, so-called stars and even ordinary people boast about their accomplishments. I think President Lincoln said it best, “It is better to remain silent and thought a fool; than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” In essence, practice humility and if we have done well God will blow the horn of praise for us. Too many have bragged about what they were going to do only to be defeated and served a dish of “crow”.
Scripture reads, “I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn: Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south” (Ps. 75:4-6). The Almighty says do not “show-off”. So, if you tire from the self-praisers listen to Psalm 75:7-10, “ But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them. But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.” He will pour out His grace upon the redeemed and the dregs on the wicked.
God saves the best for His own and reserves the worse (His judgment) for unbelievers. They shall drink the dregs, the sediments, and the left-overs (floaters). That is like drinking a half-drunk bottle of soda knowing a toddler drank the first half (yuck)! We should follow Him, remain humble (by grace only), and let others speak our praises. And the day will come when we shall drink of the pure Living Water of Heaven.