The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 14 May 2022 – I Will Praise You, O Lord!
TOPIC: I Will Praise You, O Lord!
READ: Psalm 57: 8–12 (NKJV)
- Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.
- I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations.
- For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens, And Your truth unto the clouds.
- Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; [Let] Your glory [be] above all the earth.
The background to this psalm could be that reported in 1 Samuel chapter 24. King Saul had been looking for any opportunity to kill David. At one time, he assembled the best three thousand men from his army to pursue David. Meanwhile, David and his men were hiding in a cave. When Saul needed to relieve himself, he went into the particular part of the cave where David was hiding. David could have killed Saul if he wanted, but he refused to do so because Saul was “the Lord’s anointed” (1 Samuel 24:10).
The entre incident provided David another opportunity to praise God. He could use every instrument at his disposal, and every time of the day or night (verse 8). He could praise God among his own people, and even in the international community (verse 9). He acknowledged that God’s mercy and truth are infinite, and therefore God should be exalted above all the heavens and all the earth (verses 10-11). Let us learn from the Psalmist to praise God at all times, in all places and with all our heart, strength and available resources.
PRAYER: I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples.