Proclaiming the Greatness of God
Daily Bible Reading – Judges 17,18; Psalm 89; 2 Corinthians 3
Today’s Key Passage – Psalm 89
In reading Psalm 89 today, I was struck by the first two verses in which the psalmist says, “I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.” God had promised to preserve David’s descendants and to make one of them the king of the earth forever. The psalmist was so overjoyed by this fact that he wanted to tell everyone he knew. He wanted to sing God’s praises forever. He wanted to shout from the rooftops about the greatness of God. He talks about the strength of God in verse 8 when he says, “O LORD God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you.” He talks about God owning everything in verses 11-12 when he says, “The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it. You created the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.” He praises God’s character in verse 14 when he says, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.” He talks about the joy God brings in verses 15-16 when he says, “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.” The psalmist has found so many reasons to exalt and revere God that he simply cannot hold them all in any longer. He must proclaim God’s greatness to everyone he knows.
This psalmist was on fire for God because of a promise. At this point in history, God had simply promised David that someday one of his descendants would rule forever. As excited as this psalmist was about this promise, he did not even know the whole story that we know today. He did not know that Jesus Christ would be born from David’s line, but would also be born from God. He did not know that Christ would live a perfect life and would die for the sins of the world. He did not know that Jesus would be resurrected and would sit at the right hand of God interceding for us. He did not know that Christ would reign forever. Fortunately, we have the benefit of knowing these things. As excited as the psalmist was, how much more excited should we be? How much louder should we be shouting from the rooftops? When we are born again and Christ comes to live inside of us, we are filled with the joy of knowing that these promises God has made are true. As the Holy Spirit inside of us begins making changes in us, we will find that, like the psalmist, we cannot help but to proclaim the greatness of God.
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Posted on April 3, 2013, in 19 - Psalms and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, David, Evangelism, God, God's Character, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Psalm, Religion, Service. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.