1Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise Him.
2Praise the Lord with the harp;
make music to Him on the ten-stringed lyre.
3Sing to Him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy.
4For the word of the Lord is right and true;
He is faithful in all he does.
5The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of His unfailing love.
6By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
He puts the deep into storehouses.
8Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the people of the world revere Him.
9For He spoke, and it came to be;
He commanded, and it stood firm.
10The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
He thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of His heart through all generations.
12Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people He chose for his inheritance.
13From heaven the Lord looks down
and sees all mankind;
14from His dwelling place He watches
all who live on earth—
15He Who forms the hearts of all,
Who considers everything they do.
16No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him,
on those whose hope is in His unfailing love,
19to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
20We wait in hope for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
21In Him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in His Holy Name.
22May Your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in You.
This is a psalm of praise; it is probable that David was the penman of it, but we are not told so, because God would have us look above the penmen of sacred writ, to that Blessed Spirit that moved and guided them.
The psalmist, in this Psalm,
I. Calls upon the righteous to praise God (v. 1-3).
II. Furnishes us with matter for praise. We must praise God,
1. For His justice, goodness, and truth, appearing in His word, and in all His works (v. 4, 5).
2. For His power appearing in the work of creation (v. 6-9).
3. For the sovereignty of His Providence in the government of the world (v. 10, 11) and again (v. 13-17).
4. For the peculiar favor which He bears to His Own chosen people, which encourages them to trust in Him (v. 12) and again (v. 18-22).
We need to have proper thoughts in singing this Psalm, which so naturally expresses the pious affections of a devout soul towards our God Who is worthy of praise forever.