Joy and thanksgiving was one of the central planks of Old Testament worship, especially as expressed in song! It is so today, as the New Testament makes abundantly clear. Find one lesson from this Psalm for our congregation.
“Remember his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,”
How wonderful these words are for us to read today!
God has made a covenant with us, we are grafted into the true vine (Romans 11) – This is cause for joy!
“Oh give thanks for the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!”
And here we have words of action for us, those who are alive in God’s covenant.
Be people of thankfulness to our God, for our God. Give thanks at all times.
Be people who call upon His name, that name above all other names. We act in His name, we are to bear it well, promote His name above all others. To be crying out to Him, calling on His Name – The Good Shepherd, the Great Physician, the Servant King, the Creator God, the All-Knowing, All-Seeing, All-Powerful, All-Everywhere Lord God Almighty!
And to be people who make known His deeds among the peoples, the world around us – To tell people about our Lord God, to point people to Jesus!
Are we fearless in our making known His deeds among those around us, in the capacity God gives us, with the tools He equips us with, in the season He has us at this time – Let us be encouraged and exhorted in this!
* Dear Lord God,
You are good, Your steadfast love endures forever!
There is none like You, O God of our salvation!
Blessed be Your Name, God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!