Vs. 1, “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Question: What deeds is the Psalmist considering? This psalm of David begins with praise and thanksgiving (vs. 1-3). Perhaps David is looking back and considering God’s faithful deliverance throughout the ages (The Exodus, Noah, etc.). David knew that God’s wonderful deeds are something that should not go unheralded. Another reason David was able to praise God was because He was actively delivering David presently (vs. 4-8). Because of God’s hand against the enemy, David was able to declare God provides refuge for those who are oppressed (vs. 9-14). There is safety in the presence of our God! Those people and nations that go against God and His people will be rightly judged (vs. 15-20). This is God’s divine retribution for those who have continued to go against him and harden their hearts. Until the new heavens and earth, there will be people and nations that will rise up against the Lord.
Regarding application…Testify God’s Goodness. Vs. 11, “Sing the praises of the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.” Question: Did you notice that twice (vs. 1, 11) David reminds us to tell and proclaim what God has done? Sometimes we get myopic and think that our source of encouragement only comes from others (Bible, sermons, bible studies, praising, etc.). However, David is reminding us that we hold something very powerful; the testimony of God’s goodness! When I worked at the bank, one of my jobs for a year was being a personal banker. My goal was to sell people on why they want to open a checking, savings, credit card, line of credit, mortgage, IRA, etc. One of things I realized that no matter how much I share the benefits of each of these products, it means nothing if I haven’t experienced it first hand. So, I made it my goal to have each of these products I sold so I could share my first-hand testimonies of how they helped me. My production skyrocketed! When we share first-hand testimonies of God’s goodness, we are encouraging each other profoundly!