The previous Psalm highlights the power of God in the deliverance and establishment of Israel as a nation. This Psalm emphasizes Israel's continual sin and God's great grace during this same time. It begins and ends with "Praise the LORD" but in between is the record of the sin and shame of the people and the grace and patience of God. God's patience with His people is a miracle in every generation!
As the previous Psalm is a poetic summary of Genesis, so the one before us is a summary of events from Exodus and Numbers. The Psalmist focuses on the miracles and power of God which produced the deliverance of Israel from Egypt and provided provision to the land of promise. He calls on God's people to worship, praise, obey, and seek the LORD.
This Psalm begins and ends like the one before it - "Bless the Lord." It has been called a poetic version of Genesis and "creation's chorus."
The Psalmist praises God who is the creator and sustainer of all things. He upholds all the forces of the universe that govern the rhythms and seasons of life.
One preacher said, "There is too much in this Psalm for a thousand pens to write."
Twice at the beginning an four times at the end we are met with its purpose - "Bless the Lord." There are no requests made in this Psalm; it is pure praise.
The Psalmist quickly deals with the universal problems of sin, sickness, and death by proclaiming God's forgiveness, healing, and redemption. In nearly every verse we read of God's mercy and fatherly affection for His children.
Note well the title and learn its lesson. When your heart is overwhelmed, you may pour out your complaint before the LORD. Cast your cares on Him for He cares for you!
In this Psalm, the Psalmist mourns the condition of Jerusalem. But he does not mourn as one without hope. By faith, he envisions a glorious future for generations yet unborn.
Some commentators say that this Psalm of David was his vow to God when he took upon him the charge of the Kingdom. It pictures the kind of heart that the king must have if he desires to rule according to the will of God. The same is true for those who would rule well in the Church, in public life, in the home, or over their own heart.
This Psalm of joyful praise was originally sung during the sacrificial offerings of thanksgiving in the tabernacle/temple. It was an expression of the joy that overflows a grateful heart. When we think of the goodness of Jesus, shouldn't our praise always be from hearts full of joy and gladness?
This Psalm emphasizes the Holiness of God. His holiness is the greatest difference between Himself and fallen man. Isaiah has a similar revelation (Isaiah 6) of the holiness of God and his sinfulness which produces the same humility which we see here. The continual image before us in this Psalm is of an exalted God, always above, and humble worshipers bowed before Him
This victorious Psalm is being fulfilled through the outpouring of the Holy Ghost and Spirit-empowered preaching of the Gospel. Its final and full fulfillment will be in the earth reign of Jesus Christ. In that day, there will be an open recognition of His sovereignty and the whole earth will declare that He is LORD and King.
The Lord's power and dominion are on full display in this Psalm. It describes four elements of His kingdom: righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne (2), He rules over all the earth with power (1-6), He is victorious over all false gods and religions (7), and the righteous will be joyful in His Kingdom (8-12).
Verse 10 is especially striking. Those who claim to love the LORD will be tested by how much they hate evil.
This Psalm is a call to worship the Lord. Notice the two sets of triplets: "sing...sing...sing" (1-2) and "give...give...give" (7-8). A singing heart will also be a giving heart. After each triplet, there is a call to witness to the Truth among the heathen. "Declare His glory" (3) and "say among the heathen" (10). The final verse reminds us that the one we worship is coming and He will judge the world with righteousness and truth.
True praise and worship is accompanied by hearts that are obedient to the LORD. This psalm is a call to praise the LORD, to sing and be joyful and to heart and obey His voice.
Israel's sin and rebellion in the wilderness are put before us as an example. If we ignore the voice of the Holy Spirit, it will result in the hardening of our hearts. We will lose our sensitivity to His voice and His presence. Then our only hope will be punishment severe enough to wake us up.
The Psalmist is appealing to God to avenge His people of the crushing oppression inflicted by evil and wicked people. He clearly believes that vengeance belongs to God and we must wait on Him rather than seeking revenge for ourselves.
The Psalmist is honest and vulnerable. You see his doubts and struggles. But ultimately, he believes that the LORD is his defense and He will eventually cut the wicked off.
The King of kings will forever terminate the open defiance of godless rulers and wicked nations. He reigns! He always has. He always will.
This Psalm is a song for the Sabbath day. For the New Testament believer, it is a song of praise for every day because every day is the Lord's day of rest for the child of God filled with His Spirit.
Thankfulness and faithfulness are sprinkled throughout. There is a bountiful and blessed future hope for the righteous who are planted in the house of the LORD.