Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
3 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.
5 Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
6 you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,
his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
7 He is the Lord our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.
8 He remembers his covenant forever,
the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
9 the covenant he made with Abraham,
the oath he swore to Isaac.
10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan
as the portion you will inherit.”
12 When they were but few in number,
few indeed, and strangers in it,
13 they wandered from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another.
14 He allowed no one to oppress them;
for their sake he rebuked kings:
15 “Do not touch my anointed ones;
do my prophets no harm.”
David writes this Psalm in response to the promise God makes him about blessing his family and keeping his family on the throne forever (2 Sam 7). This is not like some of the other Psalms that are the overflow from his heart. In this Psalm David remembers God’s faithfulness to His people. In doing this he is assuring himself that God is true to His word and worthy of exulting.
I think this is a good practice for us, it is good to remember Gods faithfulness because it gives us security in the promises He has made for us and the world. Because God is faithful, there is hope. We might start like this: Our God sent His one and only son to the world, not to condemn but to save. He defeated sin and death and sent the Holy Spirit to be our guide and our strength… This week I am alive and well, secure in this belief… Last week God… fill in the blanks. Have a good week.