Even though there is no proof that David wrote this psalm, it sure sounds like his writing. After all, David was an accomplished harpist (1 Samuel 16:15-25).
Verse 1 – Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.
Verse 2 – Praise the Lord with the harp; make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.
Verse 3 – Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.
David frequently spoke about musical instruments through his psalms. He also composed music for many of the psalms to be played for temple worship.
Verse 4 – For the word of the Lord is right and all His work is done in truth.
Verse 5 – He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
God cannot lie or change what He has spoken. He doesn’t go back on His promises either. If God said it, believe it!
Verse 6 – By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
Verse 7 – He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses.
The Lord of creation is the God of revelation. This is distinctive from other world religions that have myths of creation. The same God of history who interacts with His people is the same God who spoke worlds into existence.
The gathering of the waters in the above context is the initial act of God’s forming and filling the earth with the separation of waters, above and below.
Verse 8 – Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
The word fear is used in four ways: There is a “holy fear,” which comes from the believer’s awareness of a living God as a result of which they obey God and avoid evil. In 2 Corinthians 7:1, there is a “reverent fear” of God’s awesomeness stimulating believers to seek holiness. There is a “slavish fear” felt by those who reject God (Acts 24:25) but can also be used for their conversion (Acts 16:29). And last there is a “fear of people,” sometimes due to respect of them (Romans 13:7).
However, in Verse 8, when the psalmist wrote, “Let the earth fear the Lord; stand in awe and worship is its meaning.
Verse 9 – For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
Verse 10 – The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of people of no effect.
Verse 11 – The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.
These verse show a huge contrast between nations that plan against God’s plan. Even our own frustrations come when our plans don’t line up with His. Yahweh is sovereign and it is certain, that what He plans will come to pass.
Verse 12 – Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and the people whom He has chosen as His own inheritance.
Verse 13 – The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.
Verse 14 – From the place of His habitation He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth;
Verse 15 – He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.
I think if more people would remind themselves there is a God in heaven that sees and hears everything, maybe they would act different. Let’s also be reminded, He sees the heart of each individual down to motives and thoughts.
Verse 16 – No king is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
Verse 17 – A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.
Verse 18 – Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy,
Verse 19 – to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
Even though there are Christians being murdered, starved to death, and beheaded because of their faith in Christ, we still trust Him, knowing His wisdom for why He allows these things to happen, is supreme.
Verse 20 – Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.
Verse 21 – For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy Name.
Verse 22 – Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in You.
Whatever happens to us or surrounds us, trust in the God who knows and controls it all!