Read Psalm 75
Focus on verse 7
One of my favorite playground toys to play on as I was growing up was called a teeter-totter, or at least that is what we called them then. I believe they have since been deemed too dangerous for children to play on. A teeter-totter was essentially a long plank that was attached to a fulcrum in the middle so that when one end of the plank went down the other would come up. The way it was intended to work was for one person to sit on each end of the plank and as long as they were similar in body weight, they could “teeter totter” with each other. Each person would push up with their legs in turn so that they went up and down until one got tired of the game and jumped off their end when they were at the bottom leaving the other person to plummet to their death. Although I never personally witnessed any fatalities, I suppose this might be one of the reasons that teeter-totters have been deemed to dangerous for playgrounds.
Life in general can be somewhat like a teeter-totter ride at times as well. There are times when we are “up”, and times when we are “down”. If we play nice, nobody gets hurt. If we are not careful, or misuse it in ways it was not intended to be used, we can seriously hurt ourselves as well as the others that we are playing with.
In today’s reading, the psalmist encourages us not to be haughty or prideful because it is “God who executes judgment, putting one down and lifting up another.” (v. 7) In other words, these ups and downs, which we experience in life, are not haphazard. They are not by chance or coincidental. Rather, they are all part of the Lord’s gracious and merciful way of dealing with His creation. For those who behave wickedly, He allows them to experience the consequence of their rebellion. For those whose hearts submit to Him, He in time will lift them up and reward them for their faithfulness.