It has been a long time since I have seen one of these teeter-totters in a public park. I remember playing on them as a child and coordinating my movements with a friend so we could enjoy the up and down motion. More often than not, there were some rough landings. Not all of them were accidental! I managed to survive this now outdated playground equipment. Being that it is considered a safety hazard there are very few still seen today.
Our verse for today teaches that it is our sovereign God who brings down one person and lifts up another. Regardless of our origin we can not exalt ourselves. This psalm of Asaph declares that God puts down the wicked and lifts up the righteous. He has the right to do so and He does it with justice.
When we try to exalt ourselves we can make a mess of things. That is because all who exalt themselves will be humbled (Luke 14:11). There is nothing better than hearing compliments and praise from someone else for a job well done. When one sings their own praises all that is heard is pride. How much better it is to leave the matter of recognition to the Lord.
God does promise to exalt us in due time. We are to hope in Him and faithfully keep His way as we wait to see that happen. Not only will we see ourselves exalted but we will see the wicked destroyed (Psalm 37:34) It is a comfort to know this. He is just and I can trust Him.