May 6. Psalms of Joy, Praise and Thanksgiving

Ps. 8:1-9; 19:1-14; 29:1-11

David, the writer of this psalm of praise to God recognized His wonder in all the earth. All creation is the result of His handiwork. We may seem insignificant compared to the moon and stars, but in God’s sight we are only a little lower than the angels and crowned in glory and honor. Man has been given charge and dominion over all of the earth’s creatures. The Psalm ended as it started, “O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!”

When one doubts the existence of God, all that is necessary to remove those doubts is open eyes. Look at the heavens and see the sun, moon and stars! How could they possibly be? Happenstance? Explosion? God is and He is the creative maker of all things! David described God’s law as perfect, sure, right, pure, clean and true. Keeping His commands results in a reward greater than the most precious metal and sweeter that the sweetest of foods. The poet ended his psalm with a prayer for protection against sins and for his worship to be acceptable to the Lord.

Majesty and power of God are depicted in this psalm of David. His voice is as a thunderous power over all of His creation from the seas to the forests. Even during times of disaster, God will not be removed from His throne. As eternal King, He also will give strength and peace to His people.