We Cannot Help But Sing Praises To God!

This psalm is a beautiful song of praise to God. It is a reflection on both the greatness of God and his infinite goodness. It is a true blessing of faith to be able to recognize the greatness of God. For, as the psalmist writes: “…his greatness no one can fathom.” His greatness, though, is revealed to us in the light of faith. It is this insight that fills us with the righteous fear of the Lord that leads to wisdom. It is his greatness that is the source of all that is good, true, and beautiful.

When, in faith, we come to realize God’s greatness, we cannot help but sing his praises. We are moved to commend it to one another, both in our words and in how we behave toward one another in the light of his greatness. We cannot stop meditating on it, for all around us are signs of his greatness, in nature and in the great wonder of his creation that is our humanity. His greatness constantly fills us with wonder and with awe. In our joy we cannot stop from proclaiming the great deeds he has done in history and for us personally.

But it is his goodness that touches our hearts most profoundly. His goodness is not limited, but is offered generously to all, unconditionally. For we Christians, that goodness is expressed most profoundly in the flesh, in Jesus Christ. In him we find a Good Shepherd. We find also kindness and mercy, indeed, we encounter the full force of his goodness in his selfless, loving sacrifice on the cross. In that act he made real the words of his psalm: “The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.” (verse 14)

We believe, too, as the psalmist does, that God’s goodness in expressed in the fact that, no matter how often we have fallen, or turned away from him, he has remained trustworthy and faithful to us. Yes, God is Good. His goodness is infinite and is expressed in his desire to reconcile us to himself in Christ Jesus. We can readily join with the psalmist to say of him: “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” (verse 8)

We wish to join our voices to that of the psalmist, and to that of every creature in “praise of [your] holy name, Lord, forever and ever.” (verse 21) We thank you, Lord, for your great goodness and pray that you give us the grace to sing of your praise always, not just with our voices, but with our very lives. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.