To the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.
1 God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, Selah
2 That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You.
4 Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations on earth. Selah
5 Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You.
6 Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us.
7 God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.
Interesting psalm here, right in the middle of everybody praising God, it points out that He is still the Judge of the earth. In these days of back to back hurricanes, and earthquakes, and nuclear threats all happening on the heels of a full solar eclipse, it sure gets a person thinking about God and His judgment. So how do we praise God in the great and terrible Day of Judgment? The same as you do any other day, with your whole heart out of recognition for how awesome He is. Remember that only the wicked need to fear the courtroom or the Judge. The righteous look forward to the ruling of an accurate Judge because they know that they will be vindicated and upheld. If you’re not righteous, get righteous. How do you get righteous? Through faith. Through believing that the sacrifice of Jesus for your sins was truly enough. Through accepting His direction of your life and seeking to bring Him honor and glory. Honor and glory that we deliver to Him through our praise and worship. Praise and worship that is expressed in songs, and shouts, and dances, but also in giving your best effort at work, making time for your family, showing kindness to a stranger, even better showing kindness to an enemy. Everything we do contains the seeds of worship and when they are done as unto the Lord they become a glorious harvest.