Psalm 92: A psalm. A song, for the Sabbath day — This title highlights the specific designation that this psalm was to be sung and reflected upon on the Sabbath day, the day of rest. While the psalm loses nothing being reflected upon any other day, it gains significance as one reflects upon these words on a day of rest dedicated to one’s restoration and refreshment for another week. The theme of this psalm is simple, God is good. As you read this psalm, would you know the goodness of the Lord God whom you serve.
1 It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, 2 to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, 3 to the music of the ten stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.
How great is the privilege that we have to make music to our God. To express through the melodies of our souls, from the heart flow sweet, pleasant harmonies, oh what joy it brings, not only to ourselves in our praise, but to the ears of our God. From the morning to the evening, there is an endless list of praise from God’s love to His faithfulness to us. How abundantly blessed are we, God’s creation, with creativity and imagination that we are not bound to the sounds of voices , nor a single instrument, but to a full orchestra of voices and instruments at our disposal to praise and worship the Lord our God.
4 For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands. 5 How great are your works, O LORD, how profound your thoughts! 6 The senseless man does not know, fools do not understand, 7 that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be forever destroyed.
One of our failures as Christians has been finding our satisfaction in our God. So often, we have turned to the ways of the world to find satisfaction. Yet, here is our God who desires only the best for us, should we not turn to Him for our satisfaction. His works and deeds are beyond our understanding, yet, we find our joy in Him alone. How privileged are we to be in personal relationship with the incomprehensible God of the universe! Yet, those around us, those who do not know Him find Him impossible to understand for they do not have the eyes of faith, so though it seems that they prosper in this world — unless they come to the personal knowledge of God, they will find themselves destroyed on the last day. (Oh, how this should stir our hearts to reach out to the world we live in!)
8 But you, O LORD, are exalted forever.
In stark contrast against those who reject God, He will be forever exalted. One day, we who call on His name, will stand with the angels of heavens and exalt Him for He is great!
9 For surely your enemies, O LORD, surely your enemies will perish; all evildoers will be scattered. 10 You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured upon me. 11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries; my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.
Just look at the world around you. As I look around, my heart breaks at the thought of those who will be judged on the last day for their rejection of God — setting themselves up as enemies of God. On the other hand, we have been blessed by God, He has exalted us and blessed us beyond belief, if we would only step back and see what God has done for us.
12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 13 planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, 15 proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
How good is our God? He tends to us as a gardener tends to his garden, He sows, waters and causes us to grow and flourish. Regardless of our weaknesses, be it our frailty in age, health or spirit, He continues to tend to us and watch over us — and we flourish. Thus, join with the faithful of the ages and sing, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
Prayer — Father God, how good You are to us. You are always watching out for us and always seeking our well-being, even if we might not agree. You are our Creator, a Creator that loves us and blesses us ever so abundantly — may we never forget what You have done in our lives and never stop giving You praise for all these things. Forgive us for the times we have sought satisfaction in the world we live, instead of turning to You, our Lord God, for only You alone can satisfy the deepest desires of our heart. We want to praise You, we want to worship You, we want to sing and offer to You a sacrifice of praise and we pray that it would be sweet and pleasant to Your ear. Lord, You are good and Your mercies endure forever. Amen.