“What mighty praise, O God, belongs to you in Zion. We will fulfill our vows to You.”
The Psalmist is calling on the community of God’s people in an august way to join together for the glorious and important purpose of praising the LORD. It is also a call on the whole earth to respond with acclamation to God’s royal Majesty. The occasion of the universal praise is the revelation of His glory and power that accompany His mighty deeds.
The works of the Great King evoke awe among the worshiping community. But the “enemies” of God too will pay homage, though not from the heart. All peoples of the earth, willingly or unwillingly, will “bow down” before the LORD, singing Praises to His name. Every knee will bow before His presence!
Praise is appropriate because of the LORD’s many benevolent acts and because of His unmerited favor to His people. Even though they have sinned grievously, and *the guilt of their acts of rebellion and transgression weighed heavily upon them*, yet the LORD atoned , and covered them up, and forgave them. Though they didn’t deserve it, yet He answered their prayers! ” vv 2.
The LORD hears particularly the prayers of those whom He “chose” and brought “near” to enjoy His praise. Whoever is loyal to the LORD is blessed with “good things”. His gifts include spiritual benefits both in this life and in the life to come.
Though this scenario is set in the Old Covenant (Testament), we see it played out in the New. Christ, our Passover Lamb has been slain to wash away our sin, unlike in the OT where their sins were only covered up.
Here is our main point: We have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in Heaven. There He ministers in the heavenly Tabernacle, the true place of worship that was built by the LORD and not by human hands” (Heb 8:1-2).
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, *let us draw near to God* with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to *cleanse us from a guilty conscience* and having our bodies washed with pure water.
(Heb 10: 19-22).
In the Old, God brought the people near to Him because they were not at liberty to draw near to God, under the New Covenant, we are *invited and encouraged to draw near to God in the Most Holy Place*. No more guilt, we are cleansed by the blood of Christ.
And we are His chosen people too.
What a mightier praise we should offer to God in His Presence!
Let His praise be heard all over the world. We are to fulfill our vows to Him. He has dealt faithfully and graciously with us.
We must be careful not to lose sight of how gracious God has been or to trivialize it. Once we were very far from Him. Now He has brought us near.
The vicarious sacrifice of Christ is highly valuable. Due appreciation for His role both as sacrifice and High Priest who gave His life for me.
Living for Christ is the greatest praise we can ever offer to Him.
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