This is a beautiful Psalm to the majesty of God and celebrates the honour he has bestowed on people.
Verse 4 encapsulates the wonder of grace – that God shows favour to me, wants relationship with me. It is wonderful!
I do not recall ever reading verse 2. It seems strange in the midst of these verses. As a children’s church leader, I was drawn to the importance and power of the praises of children. Praise is powerful – to receive praise is transformative in my life. But to give God praise establishes a “strong hold” and “silences” our enemies. Enemies such as circumstances or the subtle influences of the world. Enemies also include things which stop me recognising the majesty of God, such as doubts, fear, or conversely self-reliance. God is greater than any of these influences, but when I worship him as the creator of the universe I guard against their attack on my spirit.
Lord, I praise you and thank you for who you are – a magnificent creator but also my loving heavenly Father. I want to draw closer to you today. Amen
Written by Claire Moore