I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations” Pslam 89:1
We find ourselves at a point with this psalmist where he shows intense reverence for the Lord. He declares God as the Creator of this world and Lord over all.
In our society today, it is rare to find someone who shares this same type of respect and fear of the Lord. We consistently see people using our Lord’s name in vain, or flippantly commenting on “the Man Upstairs”. I think this chapter is a good reminder for us that the Lord’s character deserves much more respect than our human minds can fathom.
In the days of when the Bible was being written, the scribes would have such respect for the Lord that they would wash their pen and dip it into new ink before writing, “Eloihim (God)”. I’m not suggesting we go to that extreme because with that can come much debated legalism and possibly too many rules and regulations when speaking to God or approaching His throne.
But, in this passage, we can find hopefully a middle ground to this dilemma as we sit and reflect on the declarations the psalmist is saying, “For who in the heavens can be compared to the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the Lord?”
Reverence for God can drive us to the table of thanksgiving. It is where we humble ourselves before our Creator and simply praise Him for who He is. Though our finite minds will never grasp the entire nature of our infinite Lord, we have opportunities in scripture to discover and learn about His character. And we will experience this glory in full when we meet Him face-to-face.
One of my favorite passages that declares both His glory and His love is Psalm 139. Some of you may be able to quote it because it probably is one of the most famous Psalms in the Bible. But, if we truly see what it is describing, we can catch a glimpse of God’s heart for His creation.
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well. Psalm 139:13-14
Friends, you are valued. You are marvelous. You are loved.
And I can say those three statements with the utmost confidence because you were created by a loving Father, who then bought you at a price (1 Corinthians 6:20) and doesn’t desire anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9). We have barely scratched the surface of God’s character, but we can be thankful for how He sees us and celebrate His glory.
Let’s make that truth known to all generations, and sing of the mercies of the Lord forever.
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