The Psalm opens with a call to the faithful to praise the Lord and with psalmist’s own determination to praise the Lord without distraction. He would do this in the gathering of congregations of believers both in private and in public. I am going to talk about the “mighty works of God.”
Consider the wonderful works of God! Everything He made and continues to make is good (1Tim. 4:4). He reviews His work in a world so fast and well furnished as this. His wisdom and His work shines forth far beyond our understanding. He created us beautifully and wonderfully. Just look at you as His creation specially created in His own image. We are wonderfully and beautifully created.
Look at what we are able to do, making airplanes that fly thousands of miles in the air with over 400 people on board plus their baggage. Mt. Everest, oceans and rivers, deserts, hills and the valleys are God’s work. In the Old Testament, Jews were delivered from bondage in Egypt. The works of the Lord are great and they form a fruitful study by all who have pleasure in them. They are an amazing display of His glory and majesty. His righteousness endures forever. He established Passover as a lasting memorial of Israel’s salvation by the blood of the lamb, a lasting remembrance of His grace and mercy in Egypt. In the Lord’s Supper, Jesus left a memorial of our salvation by the blood of a better lamb, an unforgettable reminder that He is gracious and He is full of compassion. God has also demonstrated His mighty works miraculously, sustaining and providing food to the Israelites in their wilderness journey and also taking them safely into the Promised Land. All God’s works reveal that He is always faithful and just. All His precepts are absolutely dependable. He keeps His promises forever and fulfills them faithfully and honorably. We find that the Bible is full of God’s history dealing with His people. We are His people and He has brought us this far. He is not finished with us yet. Let’s trust Him in our lives and economy.
The church gathering is the evidence of God’s mighty work; every day when the church doors stay open, people come from North, from East, from South and from West called by God for a purpose. Pastors wait for people and sometimes we expect to see Mr. Doe and Mrs. Doe but God always surprises us with unexpected guests showing up. Jesus said, “no one can come to me unless it has been granted to him by my Father.”
Last Sunday we had a homecoming service to celebrate the work of God. We invited pastors who have served this congregation in the past, old church members who are out of town for jobs or other reasons, and our children. We had five pastors who served this church between 1964 and 2007. We had over a hundred guests come through the doors of our church. This was God’s work to congregate all those people for His glory. We planned, God caused it to happen.
The Psalmist was attending one of the greatest festivals at the temple. He testifies what it all meant to him and what God was doing with His people. He was expressing this in a solo recited to the assembly. In the church, the believers honor God for His work with their voices, worshiping in spirit and truth. The person who reverences Him has started on the road to wisdom. For the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (v.10). The more we obey Him the more light He gives us. Obedience is the organ of spiritual knowledge. He is worthy to be praised forever for His mighty glorious works.