The last few Psalms we have looked at have been a little more “solemn” in nature. This is certainly not a bad thing! The Psalms are honest with the human condition, and there are many seasons that we will need these Psalms to guide us through them. But today we are looking at a Psalm that should lift us up and encourage us! This Psalm is profoundly God-centered, and just as the lament Psalms should guide us through bad times, this Psalm can guide us through good ones.
It starts strong off the bat (v. 1): “Praise is due to you…” David knows that God is worthy of praise. This is also an encouragement for us to have a heart of praise towards God because of who He is. Do you give God the praise He is due? Verse 4 stands out in a special way: “We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple!” Is God what satisfies you? Does spending time with God in prayer and the Bible, fellowship with other believers, doing things that stir your affections for Jesus, do these things bring you satisfaction, or do you seek satisfaction in things other than God?
There is so much more that could be said about the fruit in this passage, but I will close with verses 5-8. David is essentially overflowing with joy at the thought of who God is.
When reading this Psalm, all I could think is, “I want to know and love God like this!” Can you imagine what our church would look like if we did? How we would minister to and love one another, and how much passion we would have to reach people with the gospel? How we love God really does affect everything else, and I hope today your love for God would increase through the power of God’s Word.
What verses stand out to you and why? Comment below!
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice