As the Psalm moves from its opening into its substance, verse 5 offers the pivotal thought, I know that the LORD is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods.
I know… those words leapt up and shouted, “consider me.”
For the Psalmist and for Israel, faith was so much more than simply following some rules and regulations that had been handed down over time.
Faith in the Lord was a deep knowing and a cognitive knowing… here are things the Lord has done. The Lord is not simple, some ‘idea’ that humanity cooked up to guide them through dark days. The Lord is real. He acted in our world. He does what pleases Him (6) because He made the world. He acts on behalf of His people, saving Israel out of Egypt.
Far more than some carving or statue, the Lord is the God over heaven and earth.
And so Israel praises the Lord and we, who follow the Lord –Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit- today, follow a God who acts in history and acts on behalf of His people.
We praise God for who He is and what He has done and does today.
Praise you, Lord. Praise You, Lord God Almighty. Amen.