1 What mighty praise, O God,
belongs to you in Zion.
We will fulfill our vows to you,
2 for you answer our prayers.
All of us must come to you.
3 Though we are overwhelmed by our sins,
you forgive them all.
Let’s camp out verse 3. I actually talk more about it in section 3, but this is the first mention of sins in this chapter. Honestly, I can think back about all the stupidity of my life and think “why does He even bother with me?” I am not worthy of His sacrifice. Every single day of my life, I screw up.
I am overwhelmed, YET He forgives. Not just one or two of my screw-ups. He forgives every stinking solitary one. I am SO thankful.
4 What joy for those you choose to bring near,
those who live in your holy courts.
What festivities await us
inside your holy Temple.
5 You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds,
O God our savior.
You are the hope of everyone on earth,
even those who sail on distant seas.
6 You formed the mountains by your power
and armed yourself with mighty strength.
7 You quieted the raging oceans
with their pounding waves
and silenced the shouting of the nations.
8 Those who live at the ends of the earth
stand in awe of your wonders.
From where the sun rises to where it sets,
you inspire shouts of joy.
9 You take care of the earth and water it,
making it rich and fertile.
The river of God has plenty of water;
it provides a bountiful harvest of grain,
for you have ordered it so.
Let’s just read and read these verses. He FORMED the mountains with his power. QUIETED the raging oceans. Those 2 verses alone send chills down my spine. I cannot even fathom His power. Like, if He commanded, rocks would stand up and praise Him. Rocks. Seriously people, rocks.
When I read the second part of verse 8, it reminds me of how He deals with our sins. In His amazingness, it says in Psalm 103:12 “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”
I have always been TERRIFIED of dying because I know that we will stand before the throne and answer for all the things. Freaking terrified. Then, I read that verse and instantly my fear turns towards praise.
10 You drench the plowed ground with rain,
melting the clods and leveling the ridges.
You soften the earth with showers
and bless its abundant crops.
11 You crown the year with a bountiful harvest;
even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.
12 The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture,
and the hillsides blossom with joy.
13 The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep,
and the valleys are carpeted with grain.
They all shout and sing for joy!