His Love and Faithfulness (Psalm 92)

This is another psalm written by an unidentified author.  It is chock full of praise to God for His lovingkindness.

Psalm 92:1-4 (NKJV)

1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
2 To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
And Your faithfulness every night,
3 On an instrument of ten strings,
On the lute,
And on the harp,
With harmonious sound.
4 For You, LORD, have made me glad through Your work;
I will triumph in the works of Your hands.

What a powerful and poetic opening to this psalm of praise.  The writer goes on to declare how great the works of God, and how deep His thoughts.  Sinful men cannot understand Him and they perish.  God is on high forevermore.  He has exalted the writer and anointed him, and the fate he desired has come upon his enemies.  He goes on to say:

Psalm 92:12–15 (NKJV)

12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those who are planted in the house of the LORD
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
15 To declare that the LORD is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

This psalm has no woe or sorrow expressed by the writer.  He seems to be exulting in the triumphs God has given him, and his heart is full of praise.  Some speculate that this psalm may have been written by David, due to his specific praise for victory over his enemies and being anointed and exalted.  It is quite possible.  However, the truly interesting thing about this psalm is the lack of any type of request.  This psalm simply gives God praise and speaks–almost prophetically–about the demise of the writer’s enemies.  Prayer takes many forms: praise, petition, repentance, etc.  Sometimes, though, God enjoys just a talk, a moment of thanks recounting His blessings.  Too often we simply give God our “spiritual laundry list.”  God does not desire to just be our deliver boy.  He wants to be our Father, Elder Brother, and Comforter.  Once in a while, at least, just stop to give God praise.

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