It's a noisy world out there, the noise drowns out God's voice. Psalms of praise serve two purposes: praising God, obviously, and getting re-focused on those things we should be grateful for. Things that are not important to the world - or so it seems - but that are important for the kingdom of God.
The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
I'm sure that God intends to work through us to help the prisoners, the blind, those who are bowed down, the strangers, the orphan and the widow. Feel sorry for the wicked though. But while we get our acts together, we can praise God and pray that God will guide us into how to help.
The Psalmist is very clear about putting our trust in God, not "in mortals, in whom there is no help." So we praise God, we pray to God, and we work for God's kingdom here and now.
Questions for reflection:
- As you think of the past week, which characteristics and acts of God are you most grateful for?
- God's patience with me.
- God's constant and continuing care of me and my family.
- God putting reminders in my way that God is in charge.
- In what ways do those attributes and acts of God inform your worship and song?
- The worship and song, the praise, they keep me focused on God's importance in my life.