This psalm of praise pictures God as high above all things. “For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth…God has gone up with a shout…he is highly exalted.” These verses are not meant to imply that ours is a distant, needy God, sitting somewhere faraway on a gilded throne. Instead, from that vantage point, God sees our lives and our world in a way that none of us could. God sees the big picture, where we can only see what is right in front of us. God is both “up there” and “down here”. How incredible it is to think that God can see all things at all times, while still attending to the smallest of hurts, fears, and hopes!
Can you think of times when, in retrospect, you can see that God was at work in a situation that ended differently than you expected? Has there been a time when something didn’t work out the way you were hoping, but the alternative ended up being better?
Since, in verse 7, we are instructed to sing praises with a psalm, either sing the hymn (based on Psalm 103), “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” or watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O25pj_Nimc4