Psalm 75:1 reads: “We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! Your wonderful works declare that Your name is near.”
The phrase, “Your name is near,” interests me. The Hebrews often referred to God by titles such as Jehovah Jireh. It reminds me that God often demonstrates and announces His presence and working in ways that His people, with eyes of faith, can identify. We know that God has a plan for our future (Jer. 29:11). That should be enough – that He is working behind the scenes in ways we cannot imagine, but God offers more.
He often allows us – by grace – to glimpse the shadow of His coming blessings. Psalm 75 is a response to the questions posed in Psalm 74. It is a declaration that one day, righteousness will come to the earth via the Messiah and, later, the Millennial Reign of Christ. But in the meantime, God encouraged those who were burdened. The Psalmist referred to these encouragements as “wonderful works.” Wonderful they were, yes, but both Israel and the world would, through the coming Messiah, receive much greater blessings in the future.
I believe Psalm 75 is a “type” Psalm, meaning it presents information not just about what specific things God did or will do; it notes the heart and character of God and what He will do in the future.
God loves to bless, and I believe God has great blessings in store for us. I recognize the shadow of these coming blessings in His “wonderful works” of recent days. For me, that means having an unusual peace amid a storm. What do His “wonderful works” in your life look like?
I believe these “wonderful works” of God point to the attributes by which the ancient Hebrews knew God– hence the phrase, “Your wonderful works declare that Your NAME IS NEAR” (Psa. 75:1b).
Back in the day, the Hebrews assigned NAMES to God based on what He did or how He blessed. He was/is known as Jehovah Jireh, the provider. Jehovah Shalom, the God of peace. He is our shield (Psa. 3:3), our strength (Psa. 18:1), our helper (Psa. 30:10), the Shepherd (Psa. 23:1), our comforter (2 Cor. 1:3), and others. These names point both to what God did and what He loves to do.
The blessings, the “wonderful works” confirm God’s love and watch care. For the Hebrews, the “wonderful works” not only emboldened their faith in the present it also assured an even better future.
Like prophecy, the blessings of yesterday pointed to a better tomorrow. And history notes their faith was justified. The Messiah did come. And so it shall be in the future—the Rapture and Millennial Reign will happen. But before that, we will see not just the shadow of His blessings but will receive what Psalm 51:1 describes as “the multitudes of His tender mercies.” And so, for now, we wait with expectation and trust in the Lord.
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