Charles Spurgeon wrote of this Psalm: “In this divine lyric we sing with gladness the creating power and goodness of the Lord, even as before with trembling we adored his holiness.” This Psalm is so filled with praise and thanksgiving, numerous hymns have been written in honor of it. It represents a wonderful heart of worship and praise in response to who God is.
It is also a Psalm filled with joyful exhortations:
- Make a joyful noise!
- Serve the Lord!
- Come into his presence!
- Know that the Lord is God!
- We are His because He made us!
- Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise!
- Give Him thanks! Bless his name!
All of these things because of the goodness of God. His goodness is shown through his steadfast love and his faithfulness.
A question to think about: when is the last time you simply worshipped God because He is God? Not because he gave you something (although we should be thankful); not because He gives you comfort in trials (we should still be thankful); not because He tells you to do so; but truly worship God because of who God is. My point isn’t that we shouldn’t worship when he provides, comforts, or out of obedience, but that those shouldn’t be the only reasons. God deserves to be worshipped simply because of who He is, not just what he can offer us.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice