(Reposted here in full because it’s short.)
This processional hymn has long been the source of a great many Christian songs of worship. For something so brief, the imagery carries a lasting message that resounds in faithful hearts across the ages.
Picture in your mind some periodic festival wherein the worshipers begin outside the city walls, marching and singing in holy procession. Someone calls out, “Let’s have a song of praise!” Let all the earth praise Him, as is merely His due as Creator. If your heart is truly committed to Him, it’s hard to imagine anyone could restrain the excitement at this celebration.
The psalmist asserts that there really is no other God. It’s not a theological assertion, but a call to forget the question in favor of devotion to the One God who calls this His people. Had He not made them, they would not be. No human holds such creative power in his hands.
Pass through the Eastern Gates of the City with thanksgiving. Throng the Temple courts with praise for His name. Make His name glorious. He is the definition of goodness. His mercy runs out beyond the threshold of human awareness. He is trustworthy from one generation to the next.