We are continuing our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we will upload a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you will find them helpful and that they bring hope during this season. Click on these buttons to read the text of the psalm or listen to a recording of it. You can also listen to the reflection using the audio player below.
Psalms 113 -118 are known in Hebrew as the ‘Hallel psalms’ and are sung together at Passover. This is because they all finish with that word: a translation of the Hebrew Hallelu Yah! simply meaning: “Praise the Lord!” Psalm 117, the shortest psalm, and the shortest chapter in the Bible, is probably a chorus.
All people will ultimately praise God (Philippians 2:9-11), some joyfully, others reluctantly. This psalm gives us a great reason to do it now, in this life.
These few words tell us so much about what life is all about. The main thing is to have a close and open relationship with God. We should always ‘praise’ and ‘extol’ the Lord (verse 1) because of his great ‘love’ for us and for his ‘faithfulness’ towards us (verse 2). The psalmist gives us a great summary of God’s attitude to us, and what our attitude to him should be.
Praise you Jesus, for giving your life for me and pouring your love into my heart by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). Praise you, Lord, that because of your love for me, I have found the true meaning for my life. Hallelujah!