Metropolitan UMC Indian Head
An offer you can’t refuseAugust 9, 2020 / Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Indian Head, MD
1 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
3 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.
5 Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
6 you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,
his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
16 He called down famine on the land
and destroyed all their supplies of food;
17 and he sent a man before them—
Joseph, sold as a slave.
18 They bruised his feet with shackles,
his neck was put in irons,
19 till what he foretold came to pass,
till the word of the Lord proved him true.
20 The king sent and released him,
the ruler of peoples set him free.
21 He made him master of his household,
ruler over all he possessed,
22 to instruct his princes as he pleased
and teach his elders wisdom.
44 he gave them the lands of the nations,
and they fell heir to what others had toiled for—
45 that they might keep his precepts
and observe his laws.
Praise the Lord.[a]
Like Psalm 78, this psalm sets out to tell a story. In this psalm the story extends from the patriarchs, beginning with Abraham, through Israel’s experience in Egypt, to the settlement in Canaan. Like Psalm 78, it is a story told in the context of worship, as the opening call to worship in verses 1–6 clearly indicates. It is not surprising, then, that verses 1–15 of this psalm, plus most of Psalm 96 and the opening and closing verses of Psalm 106, appear in 1 Chronicles 16 in association with the celebrations which accompanied David’s bringing of the ark to Jerusalem. Context, however, vitally affects the way in which the story of the people’s past is retold. In Psalm 78 it was the story of God’s grace and a people’s rebelliousness, climaxing in God’s final “No” to the northern tribes and their cult centers, and his choice of the Davidic dynasty with its political and religious center in Jerusalem.
Notes from Point 1
Notes from Point 2
Notes from Point 3
Robert Davidson, The Vitality of Worship: A Commentary on the Book of Psalms, International Theological Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI; Edinburgh: W.B. Eerdmans; Handsel Press, 1998), 342. ↑