by Mrs. Abigail Akinoso
This Psalm is titled ‘A Praise of David’. Throughout this Psalm, David has spoken much about how we should praise God for who He is and what He has done. The review will be broken to six parts
1. (VS. 1-3) LEARNING TO PRAISE GOD
David praised God in the most personal of ways:
- He did it with a direct address (You).
- He did it with a personal reference (my God).
- He did it with a surrendered heart (O King).
- He did it unendingly (forever and ever…every day).
Know God for yourself and be audacious about praising him.
2. (VS. 4-7) PASSING THE PRAISE OF GOD FROM ONE GENERATION TO ANOTHER WITH CAREFUL MEDITATION.
David looked for God’s people to encourage each other in praise. An older generation might inspire a younger generation to praise God by remembering God’s mighty acts in the past while a young generation might stir praise in an older generation by declaring the fresh and new things God is doing.
Our Praise should come not only from emotion, but from careful thought – from careful meditation. David meditated not only on the great things God did (His wondrous works), but he also paid attention to God’s glorious splendor. When we think of the aspects of God’s glorious splendor – His majesty, His wisdom, His constant presence in our lives, His complete knowledge, His unlimited power, His loving and wise plan and purpose for us – all this should stir up praise within us.
3. (VS. 8-9) GOD’S GOODNESS IS TO ALL.
The LORD is good to all – David expressed the idea that God spreads some of His goodness to all humanity. In Matthew 5:45, Jesus said, He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. God is good to all mankind and since the Lord is so good to his creation, how much more does he care for his covenant people!
4. (VS. 10-13) ALL CREATION DECLARES GOD’S PRAISE
Much more than the rivers and hills praising God (Psalm 98:8), God’s people should gratefully praise and bless the LORD. David again sensed the responsibility of God’s people to tell the wider world the greatness of what God has done (His mighty acts) and who our King is.
We are in the season whereby Christians must have the zeal to represent God wherever we find ourselves (we say No to timidity) but it is only what you have the experience that you can explain to others. Know God for you.
5. (VS. 14-16) THE KINDNESS OF GOD TO THOSE IN NEED
God’s compassion is especially evident towards those who fall and fail. He does not despise or reject them; there is a sense in which He specially draws near them to hold them up. If they allow their fall to rightly humble them, God will draw near and uphold them.
The humble put their expectation on God, looking to Him for their needs. They pray, give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:11), and God answers their prayers in due season. Glory to God.
6. (VS. 17-21) THE LOVE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE LORD.
Here again David gives us a reason to praise the LORD, recognizing his incomparable graciousness. God’s responsiveness to His praying people demonstrates his graciousness.
Therefore let us praise God together by saying the last verse as our declaration: My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever. (Amen)
Vs 15. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
Vs 16. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
1. Lord, help me to proclaim your praises all my life long. I will not get tired of praising you. Amen
2. Lord, satisfy all my needs and heart desires in due season.