God Sends His Word
Many years ago I was moved by the last five psalms. Each one begins with an exhortation to “Praise the Lord;” and each one ends with an exhortation to “Praise the Lord.” The point seems to be that believers are to always be prepared to praise the Lord.
This particular psalm was written after the people had returned from their exile to Babylon. In another psalm the people lamented that they had hung their harps in the trees and could no longer sing because of their exile to Babylon, but in this psalm they are offering praise to God for being allowed to return to their homeland.
They had endured being separated from their promised land, but now they have returned. Now they declare, “The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (v2). They had lost much but now the Lord was restoring them.
Have you been there? Has there been a time when you felt like everything was done and you no longer had hope for the blessings of the Lord? I think we’ve all been there, but thank God we don’t have to stay there.
God sends his word to men. The Hebrew word here translated “command” also means speech or word. We could read v15, “He sends his word,” or we could paraphrase, “He makes a speech.”
What is this speech God has made? He has revealed his will and he has given great peace and joy to those of us who have heard his word and responded in faith.
Prayer: Lord, help me to always be conscious of the results of not following you and to be grateful for the grace of being restored to fellowship with you. Grant me the grace to hear and obey your word. In Jesus name, amen.
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