Psalm 117: 1 Praise the LORD, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples! 2 For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!
I’m struck by the simplicity of this psalm. And, by the way, this is the entire psalm. Two verses. Sometimes, indeed, less is more. The psalm begins with an invitation to praise the Lord. Why? Because of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.
The older I get the more I realize how little control I have over my world. At first it’s disconcerting because for years I tried to exercise control as a coping mechanism – to avoid nasty surprises. Two problems with this scenario. First, trying to control things is exhausting. Secondly, it doesn’t work. As a mentor once told me, it’s not the stuff you worry about that throws you. It’s the stuff you never see coming. There’s no preparing for the things you’ve never even imagined.
Given these realities, it’s easy to feel lost and helpless; at the mercy of forces beyond our control. And in many ways this is true, but then there is our God. As the bible says, the God who keeps us “will neither sleep nor slumber” (Psalm 121:4). He is ever vigilant, always faithful. There are many things in life we cannot see coming, but God sees all things. When we draw close to the Lord in prayer, in scripture, in worship, in Christian community, God leads us through the storm into the harbor.
And with that realization the psalmist concludes our psalm with “Praise the Lord!” Amen.