1 Lord, it is good to praise you. Most High God, it is good to make music to honor you. 2 It is good to sing every morning about your love. It is good to sing every night about how faithful you are. 3 I sing about it to the music of the lyre that has ten strings. I sing about it to the music of the harp. 4 Lord, you make me glad by what you have done. I sing with joy about the works of your hands. 5 Lord, how great are the things you do! How wise your thoughts are! 6 Here is something a man who isn’t wise doesn’t know. Here is what a foolish person doesn’t understand. 7 Those who are evil spring up like grass. Those who do wrong succeed. But they will be destroyed forever. 8 But Lord, you are honored forever. 9 Lord, your enemies will certainly die. All those who do evil will be scattered. 10 You have made me as strong as a wild ox. You have poured the finest olive oil on me. 11 I’ve seen my evil enemies destroyed. I’ve heard that they have lost the battle. 12 Those who do what is right will grow like a palm tree. They will grow strong like a cedar tree in Lebanon. 13 Their roots will be firm in the house of the Lord. They will grow strong and healthy in the courtyards of our God. 14 When they get old, they will still bear fruit. Like young trees they will stay fresh and strong. 15 They will say to everyone, “The Lord is honest. He is my Rock. There is no evil in him.”
Have you ever felt an overwhelming desire to praise God? In this Psalm the poet expresses this desire so well, “It’s so enjoyable t0 come before You with uncontainable praises spilling from our hearts! How we love to sing our praises over and over to You……Matchless God high and exalted over all! [Passion Translation]
Isn’t that kind of praise the kind which the Father delights in? In a sense the psalmist is saying that not a moment goes by without praise being on his lips, to express gratitude for “all You have done for me!” What a way to live! In fact, it’s the only way to live!
This Psalm is so appropriate for our world today. Praises build supreme confidence in the power and sovereignty of the Lord. We are reminded that no matter how dominating the wicked might be, there is always an end for “they will all perish, forever separated from You!” But for the righteous – in beautiful poetry, the Psalmist describes the prosperity they will enjoy right through their life.
Lord, You have so generously poured out your anointing on us. We lift our hearts in praise to thank you for blessings which accrue as we live our lives in Your Presence; “He is our Rock, perfect in every way!” We praise You enthusiastically.
Written by Keith Bennett