Dec. 24. Psalms of Praise

Ps. 111:1-114:8

“His praise endures forever.” The psalmist expressed his praise of the Lord wholeheartedly as he enumerated the many glorious aspects of God’s blessings. His blessings encompass His great works of love, care and compassion. It is likely that the writer was thinking of God’s deliverance and care of Israel as they had been delivered from Egyptian slavery many years earlier. However, His providential care extends far beyond that rescue as “His righteousness endures forever” even to sending His Son to save all of mankind if we will accept His terms and conditions. The wise person will understand His covenant and keep His commandments.

As the psalmist continued his praise of God, he expressed the wisdom and blessings of righteous living. “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord…” In contrast to the fruitfulness of the righteous, “The desire of the wicked shall perish.”

Many times, one seems to rejoice and praise God only when recovering from some great calamity. However, the psalmist pointed out that praise is due the Lord at all times—“From the rising of the sun to its going down.” He is to be exalted above all people and all things. All people are to be as servants in humble submission before Him. A proud man may not be able to see the needs of the poor, but even though He is exalted, God knows and cares for the needs of all people of His earth.

Think that God is weak and powerless? What stopped the waters of the Red Sea while the Israelites crossed over on dry land? What stopped the Jordan River from flowing while they crossed it on dry land? What caused water to flow from a hard dry rock in the desert when the Israelites were thirsty? Not what but Who? GOD!!