This Psalm has three requests made by David to the saint of God and they all begin with emphatic expression ‘O’, showing his desire for us to heed these three imperative injunctions. The first one calls for us to perform something that draws us into intensive praise of the LORD Jehovah! ‘O magnify the LORD with me and let us exalt His name together.’(v.2) The word ‘magnify’ focuses on enlarging, causing something to grow larger and greater in our sight, and this is exactly how we must see our LORD.
He is all powerful, He must be the most important being in our lives, He must be promoted to the greatest height in our minds and hearts and be glorified to the maximum and this will happen if we ‘magnify’ Him and in the same breath David exhorts us to ‘exalt His name together’. This word ‘exalt’ means to lift up, to raise to the highest level possible which is where God belongs in all categories of our life. David also desires that we would magnify and exalt the LORD with him and in spirit we can do exactly that...with David as our partner...this Psalm brings us to be able to join him and give all the glory to the LORD!
David’s second request is found in v.8 where he commands: ‘O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in the Him.’ This word ‘taste’ used only ten times in the whole Old Testament directs us to experience or perceive with the senses the goodness of the LORD by the familiar act of tasting.
Who hasn’t experienced the taste of something that is pleasing to the palate and the immediate desire is for more of the same? So it is with the LORD! He is good and gives us good things to satisfy our soul, for all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.’ (Romans 8:28) and therefore our desire should be for more of the same, more of Him, ‘that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering being made comformable unto His death.’(Philippians 3:10)
David continues his appeal by underlining the blessedness of the saint who puts their trust in the LORD. This phrase is repeated a number of times in Scripture and therefore carries with it great importance in the eyes of God, for without faith it is impossible to please Him, trusting in the LORD is the Old Testament equivalent of New Testament faith. So, David here emphasized the blessing of believing God and His goodness is the featured reason.
The last time we are requested by David’s use of the emphatic ‘O’ is found in verse nine where the foundational concept of fearing the LORD is commanded. The fear of the LORD is a major theme in the Old Testament and carries with it a mighty promise: ‘O fear the LORD, ye his saints; for there is no want to them that fear Him.’ This promise gives the saint a confidence in God that is unparalleled when it comes to suupplying our need. God is here telling us if we fear Him, He will take care of our want, we will not lack any good thing, He ‘shall supply all our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
His illustration in v.10 gives us the picture: ‘The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.’ This illustration underlines the truth of God’s faithfulness to His own, those who fear Him and seek Him will be supplied with what they need, no fine print, no false promises, but instead the unbridled reliance on the Word of God!
So, let us heed the emphatic threefold exhortation of David found in this beloved Psalm, and realize the blessing of full communion with our LORD for He alone is worthy!
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