This Psalm is brief, but who can estimate its unbounded
preciousness? It was given by inspiration of God. May the Spirit use it to
invigorate our grace!
1. "O praise the Lord, all you nations; praise Him,
all you people."
Warm desire should swell in every heart that due praise
to God should be as the surrounding atmosphere. Throughout the world no
creature lives who is not daily laden with blessings from the Creator's
hand. Sad it is that the blinded eye sees not the gracious Giver, and the
silent lips give no acknowledgment. This thought should quicken missionary
zeal. Warm should be our efforts to send the messengers of truth throughout
the length and breadth of earth. The constant desire should be to tell of
God's love in Jesus, and to invite to the cross. Hearty praise will then
sound loudly from ransomed souls.
2. "For His merciful kindness is great toward us and
the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord."
The merciful kindness of the Lord is a boundless theme.
We see it inscribed on all the works of creation. We see it shining in the
glories of redemption. What could have been done more for His people that
the Lord has not done for us? The great God, even Jesus, is our full
salvation. There is pardon in His precious blood for every sin. There is a
covering robe in His righteousness for every transgression. There is
sanctification and renewal in His Spirit for our cold hearts. The cup of
grace, of mercy, and of love truly overflows. It could scarcely hold another
drop. The promises of the covenant are all yes and amen in Christ. Could God
give more? Let, then, our grateful cry ever swell, Praise the Lord.