This psalm tells us about God's eternal promises to His anointed one, “I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David: Your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations" Selah! (vv.3-4). Yet we can see from verses 38-45 that God speaks about His abandonment on His promises. "You have renounced the covenant of Your servant; You have profaned his crown by casting it to the ground. (v.39)
At the cross, we saw Jesus fulfilled this psalm. He was neglected for our sake, He was bruised for our iniquities. The covenant was broken so that we can enter in to this covenant through Christ by faith.
This psalm is a struggle between God's faithfulness and man's unfaithfulness. Forgetfulness of God's works in our lives is the cause of disobedience to His words. "They did not remember His power, the day when He redeemed them from their enemy" (v42). Israel had forgotten that they were redeemed by their God from their bondage, saved from their enemies, provided their needs and helped them established as a nation.
God will do what is most for his own glory, because men are created for such a purpose. As our God, He will provide what is most for our own good. Nevertheless, man's forgetting attitude will lead them to limit God for their better future. God's desire is to have a people for Himself to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness, as a shepherd his flock, with all care and tenderness. Therefore, ignore our troubles but look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
Happy people are those who have filled their hearts and minds with the knowledge of God. "In Judah God is known; His name is great in Israel. In Salem also is His tabernacle, and His dwelling place in Zion" (v.1-2)." On the other hand, people with empty knowledge of God are confused, disoriented, and unhappy. Why? Because only God can fill and satisfy our desires and happiness.
"You, Yourself, are to be feared; and who may stand in Your presence when once You are angry?" (v.7). God is to be feared and revered because He is our Creator, nevertheless we are not afraid to stand in His presence on the day of judgment. The finished works of Jesus at the calvary has made us reconciled with the Father when we repented from our sins.
Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You: and let those who love Your salvation say continually, 'Let God be magnified' (v4).
Christians know their priority! The service of God is their great interest and business, while grace and favor is their joy and delight. Our pursuit on happiness and satisfaction in this world will only be a dream without Jesus in our lives. A passion to love the Lord and to put this number one before anything else in this world is a sign of our interest of God’s salvation. So, let us be assured of it that seeking God will be our goal all the days of our lives.
Christians devote to God the morning hour. The psalmist says, "Early will I seek You" (v1a). At that moment God opens the eyes of our understanding, covers us by the blood of His Son, and leads us into His righteousness. "My soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You" (v1b). Through these words, we are convinced that nothing in this world can satisfy our wants and desires except the happiness from God. Gold and money cannot buy the most important things that God can offer, His only begotten Son.
So when we exercise our faith and hope in Christ, this world appears just like a barren desert, a dry land that cannot provide our needs and deep satisfactions. That’s why God's children long for the joys of heaven where angels and the redeemed sing heavenly songs worshipping the Lord day and night withou rest.