Proclaiming God’s Greatness

In our daily walk with God, it is so important to approach God with the right heart attitude, and to remind ourselves constantly that He is great, and greatly to be praised! David was an excellent example of a life of devotion and worship unto God, and in Psalm 48 we see a beautiful expression of the psalmist’s attitude of adoration and love towards God.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

Psalm 48:1

As we continue reading, we see how David elaborates on the attitude of worshippers as they gather in the house of the Lord, more specifically in the temple of their day. It speaks about their thoughts and their focus, even their imagination, being centred on God. In Psalm 48:9 we read it as follows:

We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.

Psalm 48:1

In Hebrew, the word written here for “thought” is “diminu,” which means “we imagined,” which expresses an action much more potent than just thought.  As the worshippers of old gathered in the temple, their minds were consumed with the glory and greatness of God the Father. 

Furthermore, the word used here for “loving-kindness” is “chesed,” meaning “grace,” “mercy” or “lovingkindness.” As they gathered together to call on God’s name, they recalled God’s wonderful attributes and reminded themselves of the truths of who God is. In the same way, we need to remind ourselves of the truth of who God is and clothe ourselves in faith, despite our feelings and emotions.

In the world there is much trouble, but it doesn’t change the truth of our God. He is great and he’s worthy to be praised. Furthermore, we read that God’s praise is unto the ends of the earth, meaning that nations from all over the world will worship Him and that His praises will not cease. 

According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.

Psalm 48:10

This is a reminder and encouragement to us in the Holy Spirit to continue to praise God, even though we might be surrounded by troubles. Let’s proclaim together that He is good, and let’s open our hearts to receive His shalom and His love right now. Amen!