Asaph gives thanks to God for His wondrous works, then writes what God would respond to this thanks. God declares that He will judge rightly and in His time. He will teach the boastful and wicked, reminding them,
6 For exaltation comes neither from the east
Nor from the west nor from the south.
7 But God is the Judge:
He puts down one,
And exalts another.
He goes on to let them know that the cup of wrath is in His hand, and the wicked will drink from it. Asaph interjects his praise once more, and God responds.
9 But I will declare forever,
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10 “All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off,
But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.”
This psalm is a conversation, perhaps in prayer, between and anointed writer of Scripture and the Lord of the earth. In this dialogue, God reveals His ability to exalt and His ability to bring low. While man’s ambition and even his greed may garner him some modicum of success, the true blessings of this life and the judgements of this life are in the hand of God. Submit you life unto Him and trust the timing and degree of His exaltation. Do not live in such a way as to drink from His cup of wrath.