“I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever. I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever.”
This Psalm, which has always been one of my favourites is titled, A Praise of David.
In other words, it’s David’s very own song of praise to God, expressing his heart-worship.
The Psalm starts off with the words “I will exalt You, my God and King.” To exalt someone is to praise, to lift high, to honour and promote them. David exalted God in the most personal of ways:
* He did so with the direct, intimate address of ‘You’. David referred to the Lord as ‘my God.’
* He exalted God with a surrendered heart. ‘My King.’ David had the humility of heart to know and acknowledge out loud that although he may have been king of Israel, God is the King of kings and therefore David’s king too.
* He did it unendingly “forever and ever… every day.” In his lifetime of following hard after God, David had learned that God is to be trusted, that He is faithful and always will be. And that He is ever worthy of worship and praise, that is not half-hearted but full and heartfelt.
Over the next few blog posts, I want to work through this beautiful Psalm – a Psalm of praise to God, a Psalm listing many of the reasons why it is good, and fitting, to exalt His wonderful Name.