“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the most high.” Psalm 7:17
How much is your righteousness worth?
What are you known for and what are the responses people have to your name?
King David in Psalm 7 is writing a song of praise to God for being his refuge and strength against all enemies and pursuers. David is finding refuge in God from his own depravity and sin. This psalm is about running to God as the only one who can save. Our focus today is on the final verse of the Psalm in which David gives an offering of thanks and praise to God. In this verse we will learn 2 things about we ought to relate to God as the creator and sustainer of all things.
1. Give Thanks for His Righteousness
David declares that we should give thanks to God because of his overwhelming “rightness” or “righteousness.” All the world cries out for someone to be right, everyone is looking for a judge to rule well. The Lord is right, he is always right. His righteousness refers to the goodness of God’s attributes.
His wisdom is right and knows no bounds.
His strength is right and is always used correctly.
His love is endless and will never fail.
His compassion is boundless and will always comfort the afflicted.
His power is limitless and cannot be stopped.
His authority is above all others and will never be abused.
The first correct response that the creature should have for a creator such as the living God is thankfulness. The God who is perfect in all ways and righteous forevermore has chosen in his boundless love to create man in his image. No other creature can relate to God like mankind. Thank you God for being God. Thank you God for making me in your image.
Out of that thankful heart flows a secondary response almost inseparable from the first, singing. It’s not enough to declare our thankfulness in prose or spoken word, our thankfulness only finds its consummation is the joyful shout of song and praise. There is something about singing that unites the head, heart, and hands of our lives in perfect symmetry and beauty.
David doesn’t just know of the name of the Lord, he has experienced a relationship with the living God. We can know God today through his son Jesus Christ. David looked toward a savior who would come. We now look back on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus trusting is what has been done. It is God’s saving work that lifts David’s heart to sing. Has your heart been changed by Christ? Has the Holy Spirit made you a new creation? Do you know the love of the Father? If you do, give thanks and spend some time today singing a song of praise to God.
If you do not know Christ, repent today of your sins and trust in Christ as the savior of your soul, he is mighty to save. God has made you and loves you, he is might and powerful to save. Run to Christ find new life in him today.