Psalm for the day — Friday, Feb. 17, 2012

 

Psalm 48

1 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised

in the city of our God!

His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation,

is the joy of all the earth…

8 As we have heard, so have we seen

in the city of the Lord of hosts,

in the city of our God,

which God will establish forever.

Selah

9 We have thought on your steadfast love, O God,

in the midst of your temple.

10 As your name, O God,

so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth.

Your right hand is filled with righteousness.

We were practicing the song form of this Psalm just last night. We have sung it often through the years at FBC. “Great Is the Lord and Most Worthy of Praise” is the song we sing. The chorus is

“And Lord, we want to lift Your name on high;

And Lord, we want to thank You for the works You’ve done in our lives;

And Lord, we trust in Your unfailing love,

For You alone are God eternal, throughout earth and heaven above.”


So the song is a song of praise for God’s lovingkindness and work in our lives. This is based on God’s supreme majesty and unchangeableness. Because He is sovereign and eternal, He will not change. We can count on Him. Though the song doesn’t mention it per se, He grants us these blessings based on His generous grace, not on our worth. So then His grace is magnified in the light of His bestowing upon people like you and me.


The psalm is a paean to the City of God. vis.


1 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised

in the city of our God!

His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation,

is the joy of all the earth,

Mount Zion, in the far north,

the city of the great King.

3 Within her citadels God

has made himself known as a fortress.

12 Walk about Zion, go around her,

number her towers,

13 consider well her ramparts,

go through her citadels,

that you may tell the next generation

14 that this is God,

our God forever and ever.

He will guide us forever.


From the ESV Study Bible: “The singing congregation addresses one another, inviting them to review the strength of Zion; as vv. 1–3 made clear, this is not purely the city’s material defenses. The worshipers know that the people of God are secure, and are commissioned to tell the next generation of their security and their mission.”

The people of God are secure because God makes them secure, not the strength of their towers and walls. As in v. 3: “Within her citadels God has made Himself known as a fortress.” God is the fortress.


So we sing to God, our fortress. We give Him praise and thanks. Meditate upon this as we sing…

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