The psalmist stated a purpose for one’s existence. “While I live I will praise the Lord…” Mortal man is an unreliable refuge. He leaves us when we need him the most. His good intentions are only temporary as they die with him in death. Only God, the Creator of all things is the eternal source of help and hope for the righteous. The wicked are the recipients of His wrath.
Man, consumed by the hustle and bustle of life easily forgets the source of his blessings. God does not need us, but we need Him. However, He does desire to hear praise and thanksgiving from us. The psalmist recognized the Lord’s care for the exiles who had returned from Babylon to Jerusalem. He continues that care for mankind today through the laws of nature. Man and all of God’s other creatures praise Him. It is also our responsibility to praise Him in humble obedience to His word.
“Hallelujah, praise Jehovah.” Those are the opening words of a popular hymn that is based upon this psalm of praise. ALL of God’s creation shows His handiwork and is called upon to sing His praises. That comes naturally for all except man. Mankind, from all walks of life, male or female—the least to the greatest, either forgets to praise the Lord or simply rebels against Him. Let us resolve to, “Praise the Lord.”