1 Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the godly and the congregation. 2 The Lord’s deeds are great, eagerly awaited by all who desire them. 3 His work is majestic and glorious, and his faithfulness endures forever. 4 He does amazing things that will be remembered; the Lord is merciful and compassionate. 5 He gives food to his faithful followers; he always remembers his covenant. 6 He announced that he would do mighty deeds for his people, giving them a land that belonged to other nations. 7 His acts are characterized by faithfulness and justice; all his precepts are reliable. 8 They are forever firm, and should be faithfully and properly carried out. 9 He delivered his people; he ordained that his covenant be observed forever. His name is holy and awesome. 10 To obey the Lord is the fundamental principle for wise living; all who carry out his precepts acquire good moral insight. He will receive praise forever.

David wrote this psalm as a psalm of praise. The title it was given is “Hallelujah – Praise you the Lord”. It is a psalm that was to reflect the hearts of those who used it during solemn feasts and times of worship. It was a reminder of God’s holiness, to be obedient to his commands and to praise Him always.

David encouraged others through his words in the psalms he wrote. Some of them were very personal to David and expressed his fears and distress. Yet others he wrote expressed gladness, joy, and acknowledged the blessings he had received from God. David always voiced there should be a respectful fear of the Lord because of His holiness and awesome power. The words were always a reflection of where God was in David’s life and David’s relationship with God. Have you thought lately about where you are in your relationship with God? Have you looked over the past and seen the awesome works of God? Have you acknowledged and given praise for what God has done in your life? Take time to pray and praise God and let Him see what is on your heart. Open up your life and share it with an awesome God.