We are coming to the end of our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we have uploaded a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you have found them helpful and that they brought 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. Previous reflections are available on our website.
‘How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!’ Only he is worthy of our praise, but it helps us feel God’s presence and lifts our spirits. We have not been able to sing out when together recently, but we can praise with our bodies and instruments (verse 7). When we do meet together we can mouth the words behind our masks! I wonder if God is missing the sound of groups of his people singing his praises? Put a praise CD on and sing! Some of us are not feeling joyful at the moment and find it hard to praise, but we are assured that God heals us and binds our wounds as he did for the Israelites returning after being exiled – many broken hearted, wounded and downtrodden (verses 2-3).
God’s majesty is seen throughout the universe, he knows and names each star. It is estimated there are 1 billion trillion in the observable universe, but only God knows the exact number. He is infinite in existence, power and knowledge (Isaiah 40:28) and yet he provides for all his creation. Jerusalem is asked to praise him for he provides security, future, peace and provision. He continues to do the same for us now.
Israel was uniquely chosen to be receivers and guardians of God’s revealed word (Romans 3:2). They took their responsibility seriously and were careful to recite, learn and preserve the Hebrew Scriptures and knew they should obey his commands (Deuteronomy 7:11). We have God’s word revealed in Jesus, but the Hebrew Scriptures are also important to us and help us to know more of God and his nature.
We praise you God for your majesty and power seen in creation, and thank you for your love and provision for each one of us.