Psalm 92: A Sabbath Song-Psalm

Do me a favor and please read Psalm 92.

As you can tell from the get-go this is a psalm that is meant to be sung on the Sabbath day, the Lord’s Day. But what is really cool, at least for me, is that this psalm is built off of verse 8 and then moves outward in concentric circles (6-7 &9, 4-5 & 10-11, and finally 1-3 & 12-15). So here’s how it works and looks (again, with verse 8 being the center and meaning of it all and the very center of the circle):

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Each one of these “circles” plays with the other one on the opposite side. So where one side (1-3) speaks of what worship looks like, 12-15 shares with us what joy and happiness looks like for the believer. 4-5 and 10-11 both give the author continued joy and examples of joy, and then vs 6-7 with 9 speak of those outside the Lord and the folly that happens. Finally, the center of this whole concentric circle is the fact that God will ALWAYS be exalted. And why? Because the author realizes that that goodness, flourishing, and life happens when you exalt God. You want to be happy? You want to live a long life? You want to flourish and grow like a cedar? You want to be glad? Then worship God. It’s that simple.

Most of my psalm reflections try to encourage and draw out what is going on for the writer but here we have something very different. In this psalm it’s not a reflection, it simply is a statement. The Lord is exalted forever because he is above all things and he, himself, is never-ending. That’s it. There isn’t anything else to talk about. And so because of who God is and what he has done, because of his goodness we praise him. And the beauty of who God is that we, as believers, will be “forever” as well. The senseless and wicked people may flourish now but that will not last. Eternity and forever are not offered up to them. And why? Because they do not praise the Lord.

With that being said, the TRUE point of this psalm is that it’s to be sung on the Sabbath, the day or the Lord. So as we gather on Sunday we should do so as ones centered on God and his holiness, time spent on understanding sin and destruction (right and wrong), and then time remembering what God has done for us. Our Sunday worship should focus on God, the brokenness and sins of this world, the work God has done, and finally the hope we have to come. It’s literally that simple. I wish it were more complicated so that I could draw things out more – but there isn’t anything else to it.

Psalm 92 is a beautiful psalm of worship and song to where the believer is reminded to put God at their center.

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