V.1-5, & 8 Talk about singing, praising, making music and exalting the Lord and then v.11 talks about seeing and hearing the defeat of the enemy. This reminds me of 2 Chronicles 20:22 “as they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against their enemies.” In the Old Testament the enemy was a physical threat. From Ephesians 6:12 we know that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers … authorities …powers … spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” But I believe the same thing holds true, that as we sing unto the Lord we are inflicting damage on the devil (see also Psalm 149:5-9). Singing unto the Lord (as opposed to having a sing along) is important because it is a form of spiritual warfare.

V.4 “For you make me glad”. It is not the things of this world that ultimately make us glad, new car, new clothes, new boyfriend/girlfriend etc. but rather it is God who makes us glad for all He is and all He has done.

V.12-15 Contains similar thoughts to Jeremiah 17:7-9 and Psalm 1:3 which are: the trees flourish (leaves are always green, leaf does not wither) and bear fruit (yields its fruit in season). The idea is consistent growth and fruitfulness, which is more than just being faithful. We are expected to keep growing in the Lord, since God has always more things for us to learn and apply to our lives. As we keep growing the fruit of the Spirit will become more obvious. If we are consistent in our walk with the Lord, we will find ourselves having opportunities like Fred did (see previous post).

During this next week I’ll be looking at Psalm 62. I’ll post about it next Thursday.