A Season of Psalms - Psalm 108:1-4
“My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
At a summer trip to Fiesta Texas, I had a front-row seat to the joyful giddiness of my children. It was their first trip to an amusement park, and as we rode roller coasters and won prizes, the smiles on their faces grew ever wider. On a particular ride called the Wave Runner, my daughter was grinning from ear to ear as she was hurled side-to-side at dizzying, breakneck speeds (her father chose not to ride because he becomes queasy on such rides very easily). We rode rides that soared some 200 feet in the air, as well as rides that had a sheer vertical drop which took our breath away. But after the rides had concluded and it was time to go home, the smiles could not be removed for hours from their smiling faces.
Can you hear the giddiness in the psalmist’s voice in Psalm 108 as he proclaims the steadfast love of the Lord? Because his heart is full of the goodness of God, he will sing with all of his might, with every fiber of his being. He calls the musical instruments to wake up from their silent slumber and begin playing, to awaken and usher in the breaking of the dawn. Thanksgiving will be given to God in the presence of many witnesses, and His praises will be sung among the peoples of every nations. The psalmist has a heart bursting with exuberance, for the Lord’s enduring love is “great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”
Is your heart giddy, full of the steadfast love of the Lord? Is Christ your treasure? The Lord says in Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Our God is not a local, regional God; He is the God of the whole universe, and He asks us to treasure Him above all else. When we do, we can’t help but praise Him in both the good times and the trying moments of our lives. His love and faithfulness permeate everything, so how can we not praise Him? He has been so, so good to us. We owe Him praise today for all He has done!
Further Reading: 1 John 3:11-24; Isaiah 33:2-22
Pray with me today:
Lord, You are good, and Your glory reaches far above the heavens. Inhabit our praises today. We pray that Your great name will be exalted over all the earth, both now and forevermore, in the sight of all the nations. You are the Famous One, and great is Your name in all the earth. Hear our prayers today in Jesus’ name, Amen.