These Psalms are motivational. They challenge the reader to join in exalting the Lord. I couldn’t help but sing while I was reading them. So many of our choruses from the 1970’s and 1980’s were taken right from the Psalms.
I remember standing next to my mom watching my dad play the drums during a worship service. We sat stage left and from there I learned so many of these psalms. When I’m troubled, overwhelmed, pensive or even joyful, these are the songs that come out of my heart. They are the ones I learned even before I could speak. These words were not meant to be read in your head, they were meant t be spoken, to be sung out loud with instruments and with dance.
When we speak them or sing them, you cannot help but feel the weight of those words:
Psalm 96:4 For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the LORD made the heavens.
Psalm 89: 5 The heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD;
Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.
6 For who in the skies is comparable to the LORD?
Who among the sons of the mighty is like the LORD,
7 A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones,
And awesome above all those who are around Him?
8 O LORD God of hosts, who is like You, O mighty LORD?
Your faithfulness also surrounds You.
9 You rule the swelling of the sea;
When its waves rise, You still them.
The majesty of the Lord is meant to be spoken, sung, SHOUTED!!!
HE IS THE LORD!!