Lift Not Up Your Horn

Psalm 75:5-7 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. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
You probably did not know that you have a horn did you?  That’s ok; you’re not the only one who did not realize that we humans have a horn.  Oh it’s not a horn that plays music such as a French horn, tuba, or trumpet.  The horn that each of us possess is a horn of haughtiness, arrogance, and pride.  Now there is a difference between antlers and horns.  Antlers are made of dead bone that shed and regrow every year.  But horns are extensions of the skull and stay with the animal for as long as it lives.  (Many species both the male and female have horns such as the African buffalo).  So just like horns being an extension of an animal’s skull so too is haughtiness, arrogance, and pride an extension of our being, and many have very powerful looking horns.  
            In the animal kingdom horns are used to intimidate potential predators and to intimidate potential challengers from within their own herd.  The horns on an animal are its primary weapon when engaged in combat, (sound familiar? Haughtiness, arrogance, pride).  And the horns are used by males to mark a tree in hopes of impressing a female with the power of his horns.  In most every sense the horn is a symbol of power, dominance, and control.
              So when the psalmist advises us in the verse above to Lift Not Up Your Horn he is warning us to stay humble and to refrain from fighting against God the lover of our souls.  The main enemies of God are the lifted up Horn on High and the stiff neck which is stubbornness.  When these two enemies of the Spirit are active we can be assured that God Almighty will not bless.  And we deceive ourselves when we believe that pride and stubbornness will achieve for us notoriety, promotion, and success.  Worldly success can be achieved with pride and stubbornness; but our father in Heaven only promotes for His causes with humility and servitude.  The choice is yours; if you force your HORN to stay down, He will lift you up!
~Pastor Kaiser
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