The church exists in order to worship and praise God. Modern praise is reckoned by volume, action, emotional responses and bodily sensations, whereas this psalm declares, “Praise waiteth for thee.” The word, ‘waiteth’, means ‘silence.’ The reverence of silence is almost forgotten today. A bowed head and a worshipping heart need not have moving lips. Habbakuk 2:20 expresses this thought, “The Lord is in His holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before Him.” Sometimes a holy hush should be our worshipping response.
The psalm speaks of the stupendous works of God that display His power, and also of His provision through nature in seed time and harvest. This displays His goodness to all creation. Yet far greater than these evidences of His goodness is the exhibition of His grace. Those who can approach this omnipotent being, and worship in His courts without fear, are blest. And they are so, because they have been chosen and elected in Christ before the foundation of the world. Their souls are satisfied with God’s house in time, and shall be in eternity.
1 Praise waits for thee in Zion, Lord: