1 Praise the Lord, all you nations.
Praise him, all you people of the earth.
2 For his unfailing love for us is powerful;
the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.
Praise the Lord!
Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
My Reflections in Prayer
Father, Praise seems to be the word of the day as I pray through this psalm.
I am curious as to why the psalmist wrote. Praise the Lord, all you nations and in the very next sentence, in his very next breath he writes; Praise him, all you people of the earth.
I wonder if it’s not a call to both corporate praise and individual praise.
That we should lift you up first as a community and secondly as individuals.
And why? Because of your unfailing love for us that is powerful. For “us” – I like that because even as I praise you as an individual I’m reminded that your unfailing love is for “us”! Not just me.
This morning if I’m to repent of anything I repent of not relying on the power of your unfailing love often enough.
And I’m reminded again that you remain faithful, even when I am being faithless.
As a people, let us praise, a powerful God. Amen
From Tim Keller’s book: The Songs of Jesus
SINGING TO THE NATIONS. All peoples should praise God (verse 1) for his “love toward us” (verse 2). The Gospel proclaims God has broken into history to save a people for himself and has done so supremely in Jesus. This challenges the narrowness of those who believe “all good people can go to heaven” whether they believe in Jesus or not. No—this salvation is open to all, even those who have not led good, moral, and pulled-together lives. It is not for those who think they are good enough but for those who know they can be saved only by God’s chesedh, his grace (verse 2), and who believe in Jesus’s saving work in history for us. If you pray or sing this psalm, it recoils on you. You must go out and sing God’s praises to the nations too.
Prayer: Lord, I praise you that you care for all the races, nations, and peoples, that you want to encompass all of them with your saving love. I confess I am not nearly as generous, that some kinds of people I strongly dislike. Help me to see all as both sinful and yet the recipients of your loving offers. Amen
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