Make a joyful shout to God. His deeds are awesome! All the earth will worship him. Tell people what he has done for you.
For the Chief Musician. A song. A Psalm.
VERSE 1. Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
Make a joyful shout. Sometimes it isn’t enough to simply “speak” God’s praises. Sometimes we need to shout them!
VERSE 2. Sing to the glory of his name! Offer glory and praise!
VERSE 3. Tell God, “How awesome are your deeds! Through the greatness of your power, your enemies submit themselves to you.
Tell God, “How awesome are your deeds! Have you ever told God his deeds are awesome?
VERSE 4. All the earth will worship you, and will sing to you; they will sing to your name.” Selah.
All the earth. That is, “Everything on earth” (NLT translation). Presumably the entire created realm will unite in praising God.
VERSE 5. Come, and see God’s deeds—awesome work on behalf of the children of men.
VERSE 6. He turned the sea into dry land. They went through the river on foot. There, we rejoiced in him.
we rejoiced in him. That is, “Let our joy then be in him” (ICEL translation).
VERSE 7. He rules by his might forever. His eyes watch the nations. Don’t let the rebellious rise up against him. Selah.
VERSE 8. Praise our God, you peoples! Make the sound of his praise heard,
VERSE 9. who preserves our life among the living, and doesn’t allow our feet to be moved.
VERSE 10. For you, God, have tested us. You have refined us, as silver is refined.
VERSE 11. You brought us into prison. You laid a burden on our backs.
VERSE 12. You allowed men to ride over our heads. We went through fire and through water, but you brought us to the place of abundance.
We went through fire and through water. Some people have gone through decades of trial by fire.
but then you brought us relief. Some people have waited decades for God to send them relief.
VERSE 13. I will come into your temple with burnt offerings. I will pay my vows to you,
VERSE 14. which my lips promised, and my mouth spoke, when I was in distress.
VERSE 15. I will offer to you burnt offerings of fat animals, with the offering of rams, I will offer bulls with goats. Selah.
VERSE 16. Come, and hear, all you who fear God. I will declare what he has done for my soul.
I will declare what he has done. David wants to tell people about God. He wants to witness to them. This is a natural impulse of someone in love with God. Yet in our day, many Christians refuse to speak with people about Jesus Christ.
for my soul. This is a surprisingly dualistic statement. Dualism is a notion from Socrates and Plato and the early philosophers. It sees reality as split into two halves: the physical realm, which is bad, and the spirit realm, which is good. Most Christians are not aware of it, but they are dualists.
VERSE 17. I cried to him with my mouth. He was extolled with my tongue.
He was extolled with my tongue. that is, David praised God as he spoke.
VERSE 18. If I cherished sin in my heart, the Lord wouldn’t have listened.
VERSE 19. But most certainly, God has listened. He has heard the voice of my prayer.
VERSE 20. Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor his loving kindness from me.
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