David begins this psalm praising God and declaring to God his daily and lifelong commitment. The relationship he experiences with God causes him to burst out in song! His voice cannot be muffled.
Some of David’s psalms are like sprinklers that water our lawns in the summer – or like setting the nozzle to “shower” as we water our garden. But this Psalm is more like a fire hose connected to a hydrant!
David burst out with “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praise – his greatness is unsearchable!!” (vs.3) He then continues for the rest of the psalm declaring who God is and giving examples to prove his point of God’s greatness.
“The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. The Lord is good to all and His mercies are over all His works.” (vs.8) It’s all about who God is – not how great we are. We stink. Even on our best day we have bad attitudes and treat people rudely. We complain and are lazy. I’m so glad my salvation doesn’t depend on me.
“The Lord sustains all who fall and raises us all who are bowed down.” (vs.14) The kids’ song - Jesus Loves Me This I Know declares the same truth “little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong”. So simple – and yet so profound! I don’t need to make it through this life on my own – in fact, the sooner I realize my weakness and the deeper I depend on God for strength, the better off I’m gonna be – and that has a ripple effect on everything around me.
The Lord is righteous, and kind. He is near… He fulfills our desires… He hears our cry and saves us. (vs17-19)
My prayer is that we will know God so well and experience a personal-ness in our relationship with Him, that we too, will not be able to contain our praise and worship every day! That those around us will have no doubt whose side we’re on.
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalms 144-145