I hope you have been enjoying our journey through the Psalms! Our Psalm today is a song of praise to God for who He is. Here are some things to notice from it about who God is:
- He is the Most High (v. 2)
God is Holy and sits on His throne. He is worthy to be worshipped and should be what rules our affections. Your desires should be for God and what God desires. Does your life reflect that God is the Most High? Does God rule your heart or do you? Are your affections shaped by God or by the world?
- A Righteous Judge (v. 4-8, 12, 16-18)
Because God is the Most High, he alone is capable of executing judgement. This means that we too are guilty of sin and deserving of eternal punishment just as our wrongdoers are. We should trust that God will bring justice in our situations; either by judging a person by giving them what they deserve or extending to them the grace that we desperately need.
- A Stronghold for the Oppressed (v. 9)
Over and over again in this book we see that God cares deeply for those who are oppressed and suffering. Suffering should lead us to greater dependence on God. Do you treat your trials and sufferings more as opportunities to grow closer to God and shine as a Christian witness or do you focus more on yourself and how you deserve better?
- The giver of Grace (v. 13)
What a great truth to be reminded of! God is the God who gives grace to those who don’t deserve it. Grace is ultimately what you and I need today.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
By: Graham Withers