Why is it “fitting” for us to praise God (verse 1)? No doubt there are many reasons; this psalm focuses on some of them.
“The word of the LORD is right and true…” (verse 4)
There is a moral order underpinning the whole of creation, because everything comes ultimately from a God who “loves righteousness and justice” (verse 5). Although we may at times struggle to comprehend it, everything that He does is consistent not only with these, but also with His love for His people.
“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made…” (verse 6)
The whole universe was created by God, spoken into existence by His Word. Like a powerful king whose word is law, He had only to utter a decree – and it was done. From the swirling gas cloud that became our solar system to the organic molecules that became the building-blocks of our DNA, everything that we now take for granted was His doing. What He has made is of sterling quality: not only functional, but also beautiful and lasting.
Everything that now exists belongs to him and is under His control. And that includes us; so why are we so slow to acknowledge His sovereignty and give Him honour?
“Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the people of the world revere Him.” (verse 8)
The word of the Lord is so powerful; the least we can do is listen – and obey.