The Sovereignty of the Lord in Creation and History
1 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.
2 Praise the LORD with the harp; make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. 3 Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy. 4 For the word of the LORD is right, and all His work is done in truth.
5 He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. 6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. 7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. 9 For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. 10 The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. 11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance. 13 The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. 14 From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; 15 He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works. 16 No king is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength. 17 A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. 18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, 19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name. 22 Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, just as we hope in You.
The following commentary is from Warren W. Wiersbe’s book ‘BE Worshipful’.
The leader called them to worship (vv. 1-3), the choir led the assembly in praising the Lord, and all closed with the affirmation of faith in verses 20-22…… Except for the prayer in verse 22, the entire psalm is devoted only to praise and forms a helpful “primer on praise.”
Who Should Worship the Lord (v.1). This verse parallels 32:11 and reminds us that only those who are righteous by faith and obedient in their walk (“upright”) can sincerely worship the Lord (Ps 15; Gen 15:1-6). It’s a fitting and proper thing for those who have experienced the grace of God and His forgiveness (32:1-3) to prraise the Lord (147:1)…… A sinner who has been saved by God”s grace ought to have no problem praising the Lord.
How They Should Worship the Lord (vv. 2-4). Both voices and instruments were used in public worship at the sanctuary (see 1 Chron. 25). According to verse 3, the voices were to be enthusiastic (“shout for joy”) in the Spirit but not demonstrative in the flesh, and joyful in the Lord but not jovial and jolly……The “new song” may mean new in time or new in expression……The Spirit of God can make an old song new to us as we grow in our knowledge of God and His Word, or as we have new experiences, and He can also open our hearts to a song completely new to us……Our growth in our appreciation of “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Eph. 5:19) is one indication of our development in the Christian life. Of greatest importance is that the worship be scriptural (v. 4a; and see Col. 3:16). A choir has no more right to sing a lie than a preacher has to preach a lie, and not all “religious songs” are doctrinally correct. When God works, He obeys His own Word: so any worship that is contrary to God’s Word will not please the Lord.
Why They Should Worship the Lord (vv. 5-19). The mention of God’s Word in verse 4 reminds us that by knowing the Word of God we get better acquainted with the God of the Word. Creation reveals His existence, power, wisdom, and majesty: but the revelation in Scripture tells us about His mercy and grace and His wonderful plan of salvation. He is a faithful God, a God of truth, righteousness, justice, and goodness……The beauty of God’s character should elicit from His people songs of praise and thanksgiving. Unless our worship focuses on the character of God, we have ignored the Person who ought to be the center of true worship.
We also worship the Creator and praise Him for His wonderful works (vv. 6-9)……The Word that created the universe is also holding it together (Heb. 1:3; 2 Peter 3:5-7)…….As we worship the Lord, we must praise the Creator and the provisions He has made for us to live on this planet. We must also resolve to be good stewards and not abuse and waste His wonderful gifts.
In our praise, we must thank God for the wisdom of His counsel (vv. 10-11). People with authority make decisions that affect the destinies of nations, and when God isn’t permitted to rule, then He overrules; for His will shall be accomplished. He can turn the policies and plans of nations into nothingness (Isa 8:10; 19:3)……May the church never lose the wonder of being the people of God (1 John 3:1-3)!
We worship the Lord because of the assurance of His divine care (vv. 13-19(……As God watches, He sees not only the actions of the body but also the “thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12). He made the human heart, He understands it better than we do (Jer. 17:9), and He knows our motives……God delivers His people from danger and death, and He keeps them alive when times are difficult. He cares for us (1 Peter 5:6-7).
What Should Happen Because They Worship the Lord (vv. 20-22). These words may have been expressed by the congregation and choir as the song came to an end, a confession of faith in the living God. Because they had worshipped the Lord, they had peace in their hearts and could quietly wait for Him to work……God protects us, not to pamper us but to prepare us to go back into the battle. He is a “refuge and strength” who hides us long enough to help us.
Worship should not only strengthen our inner peace and power, increase our hope, and give us greater confidence in the Lord, but it should also increase our joy. The psalm begins and ends with the theme of joy……It isn’t enough to leave the place of worship simply “feeling good,” because feelings are temporary and sometimes deceptive. If we find ourselves loving God and His people more, having greater faith and hope in the Lord, and going forth into the battle of life with greater confidence and joy, then our worship has accomplished what God wanted it to accomplish.
I wish everyone a very blessed day.