This psalm is a magnificent manifesto of our God’s capacity. It summarizes his feats on behalf of his beloved Israel. It is jam-packed with symbolism for the New Israel of God – the Christian. Journey with me.
1 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
2 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
5 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
6 you his servants, the descendants of Abraham, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
This section is a laundry list of what we are to do.
– Thank/praise, yadah, him
– Declare his wonderful act
– Glory, halal, (means to make a show, boast, celebrate or act like a mad man) in his name
– Let your heart rejoice
– Behold him and strive after following him, his strength, and his face.
-Call his faithfulness and track record to mind.
If you did this “simple” work every day, the hopelessness/depression/anxiety industry would crumple in a week. It is a powerful prescription for living life on fire for God.
7 He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
8 He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
9 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.
10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.”
The basis of his goodness is that he spoke a word of promise and he remembers it. Do we? The reason we run around like chickens with our heads cut off is either because we don’t remember it or we don’t believe his promise of faithfulness for a thousand generations. You and I are safely tucked away within that parameter. No matter what happens on earth, we are safe in God’s promise.
12 When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it,
13 they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another.
14 He allowed no one to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings:
15 “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.”
As Jesus followers, we are few on earth. We are as confused and powerless as a stranger in a new land. I know what that’s like – been there, still doing it. His hand is a shield over you, his loved one, saying “Do not touch my anointed.”
16 He called down famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food;
17 and he sent a man before them— Joseph, sold as a slave.
18 They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons,
19 till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the Lord proved him true.
20 The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free.
21 He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed,
22 to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom.
Joseph was slapped around by life. But God’s promise and favor was declared over him. His destiny was sealed and his position of leadership and power was secure. He endured much personal pain and trauma for years upon end. It seemed God’s promise was thwarted. But never! Our promise Keeper comes through every time. Reread the list we started with. Adopt it. Internalize it. Print it or write it out and stick it on your mirror or fridge. You are in good hands! All his promises are yes and amen.
“For every one of God’s promises is “Yes” in Him. Therefore,
the “Amen” is also spoken through Him by us for God’s glory,”
2 Cor. 1:20.