January 11, 2020 by directorfsm
The OTD series is not being published at the moment so I am utilizing their format to bring this to you:
A psalm of David in Praise for the Lord’s Mercies
We all need mercies, that is leniency or clemency for some offense intended or not; compassion and grace from those around us, charity (love) and forgiveness both given and received, forbearance (Self control), humanity, mildness, soft or tender-heartedness, kindness, sympathy or more so apathy, and tolerance to the point of being non-condemning but biblically sound at all times.
David understood that all of these attributes are not found in natural man for he is steep in sin and worldly ways. So he praises God for all the mercies and grace bestowed.
This psalm calls more for devotion than exposition; it is a most excellent psalm of praise, and of general use. The psalmist, I. Stirs up himself and his own soul to praise God (v. 1, v. 2) for his favour to him in particular (v. 3-5), to the church in general, and to all good men, to whom he is, and will be, just, and kind, and constant (v. 6-18), and for his government of the world (v. 19). II. He desires the assistance of the holy angels, and all the works of God, in praising him (v. 20-22). In singing this psalm we must in a special manner get our hearts affected with the goodness of God and enlarged in love and thankfulness.¹
Observation: What do I see? What verse(s) strike you as most meaningful?
Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful verses?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do? How can I apply it to me today?