To the Chief Musician. A Song. A Psalm.
1 Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
2 Sing out the honor of His name; make His praise glorious.
3 Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.
4 All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; they shall sing praises to Your name.” Selah
5 Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.
6 He turned the sea into dry land; they went through the river on foot. There we will rejoice in Him.
7 He rules by His power forever; His eyes observe the nations; do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah
8 Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard,
9 Who keeps our soul among the living, and does not allow our feet to be moved.
10 For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined.
11 You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs.
12 You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment.
13 I will go into Your house with burnt offerings; I will pay You my vows,
14 Which my lips have uttered and my mouth has spoken when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer You burnt sacrifices of fat animals, with the sweet aroma of rams; I will offer bulls with goats. Selah
16 Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul.
17 I cried to Him with my mouth, and He was extolled with my tongue.
18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.
19 But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me!
Selah – it means, “hold on, take a moment to think about what I just said. Give it time to sink in.” It is used to break this psalm into four sections. So let’s look at them and do just that.
God is awesome! Don’t just take time, but make time to praise Him loudly
Look at His power! He can, has, and will again literally move heaven and earth to lead and protect his children
He saves us from death, but not necessarily from pain. In fact He will sometimes use pain like a sculptor uses a chisel. He leads us into, through, and most importantly out of trials to refine, exfoliate and beautify us, to make us into the best version of ourselves.
Thank you, God, for your preferential treatment of me. I was imperfect, but instead of handing me over to be wholly burned in eternity, You took the effort now, to only burn away the imperfection. Your power is great indeed, but your love and mercy to me is greater still.