In the conclusion to this Psalm,
we read the triumphant finale of this hymn of worship of the Lord.  In this final movement of this “symphony”,
the Psalmist invites (commands!) the nations of the earth to acknowledge the
absolute power of the Lord and worship Him because of their knowledge.  

 

32 Sing
to God, you kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord,

33 to
him who rides across the highest heavens,

the ancient heavens, who
thunders with mighty voice.

34 Proclaim
the power of God,

whose majesty is over
Israel, whose power is in the heavens.

35 You,
God, are awesome in your sanctuary;

the God of Israel gives
power and strength to his people.

Praise be to God!

 

Israel’s existence was
entirely because the Lord’s power.  As
the
“kingdoms of the earth”
looked on “little Israel”, they were seeing tangible evidence of the power of
God.  This wasn’t some imaginary god
either.  This was the one who
“rides
across the highest heavens”
.   By referring to the “highest
heavens”
and the “ancient
heavens”
, we are reminded of the
excellence of our Almighty King.  Indeed,
He is worthy of praise!   

 

Therefore
God exalted him to the highest place

and gave him the name that is above every
name,

10 that
at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the
earth,

11 and
every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9–11

 

 

Reading verse 35 again we
can see the personal nature of the Lord’s power.  He
“gives power and strength to his people”.  Too many
times, we forget the very practical nature of God’s people: it is made up of
individuals.  As individuals grew in
their dedication to the Lord, the community of faith grew as well.  The Lord, my dear reader, always has His eyes
on the individual as well as the community. 
You, as a person, are important to the family of faith.  When our strength seems so small, this is
when the Rider of the Clouds is at His best!

 

The final words of this
Psalm simply command
“Praise be to God”.  Too
often, we tell people (or say), “praise the Lord!” and we don’t really stop and
think what that means.  When we give
praise to God, it is always connected
with one of His attributes or something He has done.  We don’t praise Him for the sake of something
to praise.  Instead, we are moved by
Him.  We are inspired by Him.  Read these verses again (32-35) and then see why we praise the Lord.    

 

When we consider the Lord’s
unlimited power and unimaginable care there is only one logical conclusion:
worship.

 

Come now is the time to worship

Come now is the time to give your heart

Come just as you are to worship

Come just as you are before your God

Come

 

One day every tongue

Will confess You are God

One day every knee will bow

Still the greatest treasure remains

For those who gladly choose You now

“Come, Now is the Time to
Worship”

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