1 You who are godly, sing with joy to the Lord. It is right for honest people to praise him. 2 Praise the Lord with the harp. Make music to him on the lyre that has ten strings. 3 Sing a new song to him. Play with skill, and shout with joy. 4 What the Lord says is right and true. He is faithful in everything he does. 5 The Lord loves what is right and fair. The earth is full of his faithful love. 6 The heavens were made when the Lord commanded it to happen. All of the stars were created by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathers the waters of the sea together. He puts the oceans in their places. 8 Let the whole earth have respect for the Lord. Let all of the people in the world honor him. 9 He spoke, and the world came into being. He commanded, and it stood firm. 10 The Lord blocks the sinful plans of the nations. He keeps them from doing what they want to do. 11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever. What he wants to do will last for all time. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Blessed are the people he chose to be his own. 13 From heaven the Lord looks down and sees everyone. 14 From his throne he watches all those who live on the earth. 15 He creates the hearts of all people. He is aware of everything they do. 16 A king isn’t saved just because his army is big. A soldier doesn’t escape just because he is very strong. 17 People can’t trust a horse to save them either. Though it is very strong, it can’t save them. 18 But the Lord looks with favor on those who respect him. He watches over those who put their hope in his faithful love. 19 He watches over them to save them from death. He wants to keep them alive when there is no food in the land. 20 We wait in hope for the Lord. He helps us. He is like a shield that keeps us safe. 21 Our hearts are full of joy because of him. We trust in him, because he is holy. 22 Lord, may your faithful love rest on us. We put our hope in you.
What terror can be unleashed by a man or woman with seemingly unrestrained power. When such a person fears no higher authority they can cause others to cower with fear. This is often called the abuse of power.
No one can stop God from doing what ever he wants. What unrestrained power God has! To a God that is completely unrestrained, what should be our response?
Praise, songs of joy and beautiful music. Why?
Because He’s unrestrained power is used for righteousness, justice and unfailing love. Unrestrained love, righteousness and justice, what could be more beautiful than these?
Lord I commit myself to you, for you are committed to the most beautiful of visions and you have the power to make it so.
Work through me to bring love, righteousness and justice. Show me quickly when I am fighting against your vision, forgive and equip me to fight the good fight.
Written by Andrew Mellor