What a gift the Lord gave in setting aside one day each week for worship and rest!
Although Old Testament Israel celebrated the Sabbath on the last day of the week, we worship on the first day to mark Christ’s resurrection. As we worship and rest today, Psalm 138 reminds me that I should thank and praise God with my whole heart. God is faithful and his love never ends. He has exalted his name and word above all things.
I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word (Psalm 138, 1-2, ESV).
God hears me when I cry to him; he answers me on the very day. He strengthens my soul.
On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased (3, ESV).
What does it mean for God to increase my “strength of soul”? I believe it means that God not only increases the emotional capacities of my heart, the physical strength of my body, and the mental abilities of my mind, but he also increases the perseverence of faith within my essential essence.
The true rulers and leaders acknowledge God and listen to his word.
All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD,
for they have heard the words of your mouth,
and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
for great is the glory of the LORD (4-5, ESV).
Although God is exalted over all things and all people, he pays attention to the humble and keeps his distance from the proud.
For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly,
but the haughty he knows from afar (6, ESV).
When I am overwhelmed in the middle of distress, God preserves my life and delivers me from my enemies.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your right hand delivers me (8, ESV).
God will fulfill his purpose for me. His love is everlasting.
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands (8, ESV).
We are the work of God’s hands. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (ESV).
You are God’s symphony, his ode, his perfectly turned prose, his oil masterpiece. He has created you and me to walk in the good works that he prepared for us before creation.
God will fulfill his purpose. Take heart and wait on the Lord!