7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody!
8 Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!
9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!
To read these verses by themselves is a wonderful encouragement and should draw our hearts into glorious worship of the Lord in whom our hearts are steadfast. When our hearts are steadfast in our God we sing to Him. We awake with the dawn and rejoice in the Lord. We give thanks to him among all people regardless of who they are or where we are. God is exalted above the heavens; His glory is over all the earth. What a joy to sing praises and give glory to our God whose steadfast love toward is great to the heavens and whose faithfulness is to the clouds.
I trust your heart is steadfast in the Lord, our God.
But to really gain the point of this Psalm we have to review verses 1-6. In verse 1 the Psalmist begs for God to be merciful and provide refuge until the storms of destruction pass by. The storms of destruction come. Jesus spoke of them in regards to the two builders. Both houses faced storms. One stood and one fell. In verses 2-3 he cries out to God to fulfill His purposes and save him by putting to shame those who trample on him. In verse 4 his soul is in the midst of the lions and fiery beasts describing children of man whose teeth are spears and arrows whose tongues are sharp swords.
It is after this description of being attacked with such venom and fierceness that he writes, “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast.”
Is yours? Look to the same God who hears from heaven, whose love is faithful and whose glory is over all the earth. Find Him steadfast when nothing around you is.
Our prayers are with our school kids. Some started Tuesday, some Wednesday, and some today. Pray for them as they face the worldliness of other children, the humanism of the teachers, and the struggles of their own flesh to keep up with the work load. Pray for the parents who lives go into school mode. We were up early this morning as Jared’s bus arrives at 7:30. Stefani starts class at 7:00. Keep one another in your prayers these busy days of transition.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS