Have you ever had a long-cherished ambition, and after disappointing rebuffs been really exultant in seeing your hopes ultimately fulfilled? This was king David’s experience reflected in this psalm.
He had long desired that God should have the highest place of honour amid His people Israel. The ark of the Lord was a token of His presence; now at last it had been brought to the place prepared for it in Jerusalem. The psalm is David’s call to remember, rejoice, and revel in the goodness of God.
We today should pray that God would raise up men gifted not only to teach, but to exhort us as David does here, urging us to respond to the love of our God. Here are David’s nine exhortations, reinforced by other scriptures:
- “O give thanks unto the Lord”, v. 1. “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”, Eph. 5. 20.
- “Call upon his name”, v. 1. “Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me”, Psa. 50. 15.
- “Make known his deeds among the people”, v. 1. The Lord Jesus said, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven”, Matt. 10. 32.
- “Sing unto him”, v. 2. “Singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord”, Eph. 5. 19.
- “Talk ye of all his wondrous works”, v. 2. “Talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up”, Deut. 6. 7. Make God and His works the subject of your conversations.
- “Glory ye in his holy name”, v. 3. “He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord”, 1 Cor. 1. 31.
- “Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord”, v. 3. “Rejoice in the Lord alway”, Phil. 4. 4.
- “Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore”, v. 4. “Seek, and ye shall find”, Matt. 7. 7.
- “Remember his marvellous works that he hath done”, v. 5.
“Suffer the word of exhortation”, Heb. 13. 22.