Praise is expressing to God our appreciation and understanding of His worth. It is saying thank you. Our inward attitude will become our outward expression
Verse 1 – I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
Praise is our way of saying to God, “We know You are worthy to be praised!” We thank Him for His divine nature. Don’t be silent when God has been good to you. When you tell others of His goodness, it expresses praise and honor to Him.
Verse 2 – I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
Verse 3 – When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and perish at Your presence.
Verse 4 – For You have maintained my right and my cause; You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.
God upholds our just cause. We can rest assured He will check our motives though. If we don’t trust Him to vindicate us, we just might drown in self-pity. However, when we trust Him, He will replace worry with peace.
Verse 5 – You have rebuked the nations, and have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
Remember, the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, no future tense. It doesn’t say, “You will…” It says “You have.” It is already done! Call those things that do not exist as though they do. Romans 4:17, “…who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.”
Verse 6 – O enemy, destruction’s are finished forever! And You have destroyed cities; even their memory has perished.
Verse 7 – But the Lord shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment.
Verse 8 – He shall judge the world in righteousness, and He shall administer judgment for the people in uprightness.
Verse 9 – The Lord also will be (is) a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
Verse 10 – And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
A refuse is a place or person that we run to when we are in danger or trouble. Why not run to the One who said He will not forsake us? He is our provider of all things. Those who know His Name, will put their trust in Him!
Verse 11 – Sing praises to the Lord who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people.
Zion is another name for Mount Moriah, the hill on which Solomon built the temple. This became the vocal point of Israel’s worship. From the central place of worship, the Jews were to tell the world about the “One True God!”
Verse 12 – When He avenges blood, He remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the humble.
This is our God avenging those who are murdered (Genesis 9:5, “Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning…”; and Ezekiel 33:6).
Verse 13 – Have mercy on me, O Lord, consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death,
Verse 14 – That I may tell of all Your praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Your salvation.
David wanted to show that God’s deliverance would be used to tell others of God’s goodness. All of us want God’s help when we are in trouble. Some for success; some so that they can feel good about themselves; some, though, because they can’t figure out how to get out of whatever, by themselves. There’s another reason for wanting deliverance. David wanted justice for Israel and show the people God’s power! Is your cry for deliverance to bring glory and honor to God?
Verse 15 – The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made; in the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.
Verse 16 – The Lord is known by the judgment He executes; the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.
When someone devises a plan to cause harm to someone else, they just might be the one who falls into the trap.
Verse 17 – The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
Verse 18 – For the needy shall not always be forgotten; the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.
These verses are very clear. God hears the cry’s of those being oppressed by vicious dictators. Those nations will be turned into hell. The nations who continue to starve and oppress their people will have a judgment placed on them by the All Mighty! God reassures His own, that He never forgets their needs. The US better wake up! When God is kicked out and forgotten, disaster follows.
Verse 19 – Arise, O Lord, do not let man prevail; let the nations be judged in Your sight.
Verse 20 – Put them in fear, O Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.
This verse reminds nations and individuals within, nothing can be accomplished for good, that is worthwhile and lasting without our Creator!