1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
3 My enemies turn back;
they stumble and perish before you.
4 For you have upheld my right and my cause,
sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
you have uprooted their cities;
even the memory of them has perished.
7 The Lord reigns forever;
he has established his throne for judgment.
8 He rules the world in righteousness
and judges the peoples with equity.
9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. NIV
Look at verses 1-2. Why do so many psalms begin like this— with a declaration that songs of thanksgiving and praise will be proclaimed?
The psalmist began by saying he would "tell" of all the "wonderful deeds" that God has done. What deeds does the writer mention in verses 3-6— and what makes them wonderful?
What description do verses 7-9 give to the Lord as Judge?
How do verses 7-9 relate to verses 1-6?
::::: Equipping Challenge :::::
Considering the wonderful deeds of the Lord mentioned in the first 9 verses of this psalm, how will you put verse 10 into practice today?