1 Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming.
2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
4 He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them.
5 Great is our Lord and abundant in strength;
His understanding is infinite.
6 The Lord supports the afflicted; He brings down the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre,
8 Who covers the heavens with clouds,Who provides rain for the earth,
Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
9 He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens which cry.
10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The Lord favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness.
There are lots of reasons we go to church, primary of which is to praise God.
We praise Him for a variety of reasons, two of which are front and center in our passage today. First, we praise God for being equal to the task of dealing with our problems.
Life wounds us.
Life breaks us.
Sin destroys us.
We need supernatural intervention to thrive in this fallen world, and the Lord is up to the task. “Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite. The Lord supports the afflicted; He brings down the wicked to the ground” (vv. 6).
We also praise God because He cares, and He does so on a grand scale. Try though we may, we cannot control the weather or create our means of survival.
In His compassion, God provides rain and everything else we need (vv. 8-9).
In response, we worship. And worship is a humble response. This is why God “does not delight in the strength of the horse” or “take pleasure in the legs of man.”
If we look at God’s compassionate provision and respond with apathetic indifference or pride, God does not delight in us. But if we rightfully respond with humble worship, we have His favor (v. 11).
- What is your perception of the grand ways in which God provides?
- What other motivations do you have for fearing God in humble worship?
Set aside some time this morning to praise and worship God, using this psalm as a guide.