A Beautiful Song
Today, we bring this series in Psalm 103 to a close. What a wonderful and beautiful psalm/song King David wrote for us to use to praise God!
David started out this song by telling himself all the reasons he should be praising the LORD, and he kept it up throughout the entire psalm.
“The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.
“Praise the LORD, you His angels, you mighty ones who do His bidding, who obey His word. Praise the LORD, all His heavenly hosts, you His servants who do His will. Praise the LORD, all His works everywhere in His dominion.
“Praise the LORD, O my soul.”
Emphasis on Praise
The Book of Psalms puts huge emphasis on praising the LORD. Over and over again throughout Psalms, we are told to praise Him. In Christian circles today, we hear the term “praise and worship” often. But what does it really means to praise the Lord?
In my own words, I say that it means to give Him His due credit – in our hearts and out loud. We can say “Praise the Lord!” when good things happen and we know He acted on our behalf to make it happen. He is always intervening and making a way for His children. We definitely need to acknowledge that when we know it is from Him.
James says, in his letter to the church in Jerusalem, that every good and perfect gift is from the Father, who does not change. (James 1:17) So when He gives us, His children, good things we should show Him gratitude and give Him due credit as well – praise.
His interventions can be as small, and seemingly trivial, as finding a good parking place in a place like Commercial Street in Portland or getting caught by a traffic light when you are running late. Huh??
Right, that is not a typo. That traffic light may keep you out of an accident that would have happened two blocks up the road. Sometimes it is very obvious and sometimes it is not. Sometimes it is a small thing and sometimes it is a huge thing. God is so good and we do not even know how many times He has intervened for us.
Let’s go to Verse 19:
“The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.”
I love the word, “established”. It means built to last. His throne in heaven is as eternal as He is. His eternal-ness is a lot for me to wrap my mind around but it is, nevertheless, true! He and His throne (which signifies His reign/rule) have always been and they will always be.
Even though we look around this chaotic world and it looks like no one is really in charge, we can know that “His kingdom rules over all”.
His throne and His kingdom are eternal. Though now, we may not be able to see that as clearly as it actually is, one day (according to Philippians 2:9-10)
“…every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
In other words, one day, every single person will acknowledge that He is Lord and Ruler of all.
Now to Verse 20:
“Praise the LORD, you His angels, you mighty ones who do His bidding, who obey His Word.”
David separates out three different groups starting in Verse 20. His angels are His mighty ones who help in spiritual warfare. The Bible says that we do not wrestle against flesh but against powers of that work against us to at least keep us in such a mess that we do not glorify God.
There is an account in the book of Daniel that talks about an angel doing battle with a “Prince of Persia” for 21 days as he attempted to get an answer to Daniel. Another more powerful angel named Michael came to help the first angel so that the message could be delivered.
This is all very fascinating to me but we cannot do that rabbit trail today!
“Praise the LORD, all His heavenly hosts, you His servants who do His will.”
The heavenly hosts are in heaven worshiping and praising God all the time. Heaven is full of voices praising the Lord!
An angel announced the birth of Christ to the shepherds, then a big group of the heavenly hosts joined the angel, praising God – see Luke 2:9-14.
The first part of Verse 22:
“Praise the LORD, all His works everywhere in His dominion.”
So what are all His works?? That is us!! and all of Creation!
Finishing Verse 22:
“Praise the LORD, O my soul.”
And we end like we began. May we praise the Lord with all that is in us and may we be aware of all the reasons we have to praise him! May our lives be a great display of His goodness, His glory, and His praise.
I say to myself, Praise the Lord, O my soul!!
Oh, Lord, I thank You for Psalm 103. I thank You for Your display of love in it. Thank You that You inspired the words that David wrote down. Thank You for all You are doing in our lives. I ask You that You please help us to see You in action in our lives. Help us be aware of how worthy You are of our praise. Make us what You want us to be and help us to glorify You. In the beautiful, glorious name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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