As we explore this new unit for the month of August, we are fortunate to see how God promised justice to his people. We move to one of the most noted books of the Bible – Psalm. It is evident that God supports and maintains His people so that all of our lives can be dedicated to offering and rendering Him the praise He is due.
A PRAISE FOR JUSTICE (v. 1-2)
As the lesson opens, between verses one and two, the psalmist gives a call to order by saying “Praise the Lord” the writer gives an invitation to offer praise to God, but he also gives a personal declaration that no matter what he was experiencing or going through, he would always give praise to God. The first call is a general call to praise, the second is an internal call, and the third is an external call to praise the Lord. The psalmist also points out that this is not something that he “picks up and puts down” depending on the circumstances, rather, he will praise God for as long as he lives. We should develop this same type of attitude and outlook. No matter how we feel or how things may not be in our favor we must always offer God the highest praise.
A PROBLEM FOR JUSTICE (v. 3-4)
The psalmist offers an awesome reminder that we should not put our trust and confidence in “princes” who are motivated by pride. After all we should totally and fully rely on God. Solomon informs us in Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” We must always be conscious of the fact that we must place our complete confidence in God.
A PROFILE OF JUSTICE (v.5-10)
The lesson closes with a reason to rejoice, God gives provision and protection to his people. We can shout because our hope and our help is in God. God upholds the oppressed, feeds the hungry, sets prisoners free, opens blinded eyes, lifts those that are bowed down, loves the righteous, preserves the stranger, and sustains the fatherless as well as the widows. God even frustrates the ways of the wicked. That’s good news! The psalmist admonishes us to look at the works of God and offer him praise for His mighty acts.
As we look at the lesson, we must bring to our remembrance the lyrics to the song that says, “Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father; There is no shadow of turning with Thee, Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not, As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.”
Reverend Rodney C. Griffin, Jr., B.A.
Mount Vernon Baptist Church
Dr. Johnny L. Miller, Pastor