God is ever-present and all-knowing. God creates all and is in all. He works sometimes in surprising and unmistakable ways and sometimes it is hard to see His presence. In the psalm God is praised for always being present, for always being gracious, loving, and just.
Today’s psalm represents God’s activity in our lives from the beginning to the end. The writer uses an acrostic of the Hebrew alphabet to represent this idea. He begins with “alpha” and ends with “tav” – equivalent to A-Z for us. In the psalm he recounts all of the reasons we have to praise God – His works and righteousness, His grace and compassion, His faithfulness and justice, His laws and wisdom, and the covenant He keeps with His people. For all of this, praise is lifted up.
God continues to offer all of this and more to us. God continues to be active in the world. As time unfolded, Jesus became the new covenant as He offered Himself in sacrifice to defeat sin and death so we could gain eternal life. As we look back over our lives, from the beginning to where we are now, we can see God’s hand at work. Sometimes His hand is active and easy to see. At other times it is hard to see at all. Yet even then we know He was present with us. From the promises in the scriptures to our experiences in life, we know God is always at work.
In times of uncertainty or trial, it can be hard to see God at work or to feel His presence. Sometimes another may see something we do not so it is often helpful to share our experiences with one another believer. In the end, we know we can always look back and see His handprints. In this we can always trust. For this, we say thanks be to God!
Scripture reference: Psalm 111