It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:
2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.
4 For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
5 O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.
6 A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:
8 But thou, Lord, art most high for evermore.
9 For, lo, thine enemies, O Lord, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
11 Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.
12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
15 To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
This is the only psalm listed as being for the Sabbath.
Praise brings good – for God and for us. Sometimes we may not feel like praising, but God knows that when we praise and sing it brings us to a place of all-encompassing love. It brings us into His presence.
Starting our day thanking God for what is ahead and then ending with looking back at His faithfulness keeps us aware. When we look around at all that God has made, has done, and is doing we have to admit that it makes us glad. David as a young boy knew how God had led Israel in the past, had protected him while shepherding, so he knew God would rescue Israel from Goliath and the Philistines. He was “looking” at God. God was real to him.
We who are righteous in Christ will flourish like a palm tree. In the East, the feathery fronds of this tree (the queen of trees) were used to celebrate victory. We’ll be planted where God lives and stay fresh and green as we continue to be thankful and faithful.
This was the confident, proven experience of the psalmist. God gets the glory, and we get the benefit of victory. Let your prayers be praises and your praises be prayers.
Great Lakes Adventist Academy
Cedar Lake, Michigan USA