O God, You are my God; early will I seek You . . . When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.
“The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them.”
[M]y soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
At Bethel, God not only confirmed Jacob’s name change to Israel, He reiterated and connected the covenantal blessing to all of Jacob-Israel’s descendants—“the children of Israel.”
David’s praise wasn’t compartmentalized or limited to a specific period of time. His worship began before sunrise—was exuberant—was accompanied by musical instruments— and testified to God’s grace among the nations!
Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion? Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea.
Joy, gladness, thanksgiving and praise are all essentials of genuine worship. These qualities should characterize our lives at all times, but should be especially evident when we gather for corporate worship.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?
Worship expressed with heart-felt praise and reverential awe is an appropriate response to God’s wisdom, power and goodness.