“God is a righteous judge, a God who express His wrath every day. If he does not relent, He will sharpen His sword; He will bend and string His bow. He has prepared HIs deadly weapons; He makes ready His flaming arrows.” ~ Psalm 7:11-13
The Old Testament saints, like the psalmist David, had such a greater understanding of God’s wrath and judgment. They saw the tangible effects of what happened when you tested God or when you disobeyed the Lord’s commands. They knew that there was punishment awaiting those who decided to forsake the Lord.
That is why it is so convicting to me that the Psalms are brimming over with praise for the tender care, mercy, lovingkindness, and grace of God! They knew firsthand what the Lord was capable of – and yet they could not help but overflow with words of worship!
“I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.” ~ Psalm 7:17
” When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” ~ Psalm 8:4
“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.” ~ Psalm 9:1
The Old Testament saints knew and feared God’s wrath and still worshipped God for His goodness. On the other hand, we are basking in the goodness of the Lord and yet do not have words of worship pouring out of our mouths. We are not experiencing God’s wrath like they did in the Old Testament, so how much more should we be praising God for His grace? We have gotten fat and lazy experiencing so much grace! We are like fat dogs who snarl when their food is taken away! We complain and get angry at God when He decides to take away one of our blessings – like Job when the Lord took away the vine that was providing shade. Why are we not praising the Lord for all the grace and goodness that we are basking in?
– Make a list of five of the ways that you have experienced God’s grace and pray a prayer of praise to Him for it.