Today is the last day in the brief Psalm series before we move into a new one. As we have been doing the past several days, we will lay out the theme and conclusion as a framework to what the Psalm is trying to teach us.
Theme: “It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High.”
Conclusion: “proclaiming, ‘The LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is no wickedness in Him.’”
It is a good thing to praise God and to elevate His name in the midst of our praises because this statement tells us that praise is not primarily focused on the emotions of the people praising but the one being praised.
The Psalmist concludes the song by declaring who God is, which properly centers God in the midst of all the worship but at the same time he declares where he stands in relation to God as God is HIS rock.
It is good to praise the LORD and affirm things about God but where do you in your heart truly believe?
It is good to know that God is good but do you believe that God is good in your life as well?
These are things that praise in its proper perspective will answer and hopefully establish God in the right place in our lives which is right in the middle of it all!
It also helps to know that this song is a song that was sung on the Sabbath and if we remember from previous lessons that Sabbath was more than a time to not work but was a day to remind ourselves that all good things come from God and that we are to dedicate ourselves to Him. Praise is a dedication to highlight the goodness of God and giving Him the glory as we make Him not just our savior but our LORD as well.
One particular part of this song that I want to highlight is how praise keeps us in a posture of producing goodness as a reflection of His goodness in our life.
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
The righteous person, the person that chooses God above all else is one that is planted in God’s presence. This type of person chooses to look to God in all situations and seeks to glorify Him in all situations even if it costs him or her their reputation or popularity amongst the people.
It is so tempting to find shortcuts in life and be willing to even cheat, lie, burn, or steal to get there because we see all types of people getting away with things and living the good life because of it but the song warns us that the wicked will prosper in a moment but will only last for a moment whereas the LORD’s glory lasts forever.
The same goes for those who choose to be planted in Him! That regardless of the season that we are in or age we are at that those who consistently choose Him will bear fruit. What is fruit? Fruit ranges from bearing the characteristics of Jesus in our lives like love and patience to bearing the fruit of Kingdom work such as healing, deliverance from oppression/depression, and anything broken by sin.
Proper praise that is consistent in our lives helps us to be rooted and is essential to living a prosperous life and long life of building good things for the Kingdom of God because heaven is where the Kingdom of God is because the King is there.
So today let us enthrone Him in our praises one more time x infinity.