“Sing to Yahweh
Make melody to our God
Upon the lyre!
He covers the heavens with clouds.
He prepares rain for the earth.
He makes grass grow on the hills.
He gives to the animals their food.
He gives to the young ravens
When they cry.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse.
His pleasure is not in the speed of a runner.
But Yahweh takes pleasure
In those who fear him.
He takes pleasure
In those who hope
In his steadfast love.”
We are to sing with thanksgiving to Yahweh. We are to make a melody on the lyre to our God. He has covered the heavens with clouds so that he could send rain to the earth to make the grass grow on the hills. He provided food for the animals, especially the ravens when they cried. He does not delight in the strength of a horse or the speed of a human runner. Rather he takes pleasure in those who fear him. He takes pleasure in those who hope in his steadfast love.
A psalm of David
“I will sing of loyalty to you.
I will sing of justice to you.
I will sing.
I will study the way that is blameless.
When shall I attain it?”
Psalm 101 is a psalm of David. David sings of loyalty and justice to Yahweh. He wants to be blameless, but he knows that he has not attained it yet. Perhaps this was a psalm for a king to recite before his coronation.
“Sing to God!
O kingdoms of the earth!
Sing praises to Yahweh!”
Those at the Temple should sing to God. However, it is not just the Israelites who should sing to Yahweh, but all the kingdoms on earth. Everyone should sing praises to Yahweh. Once again, this verse ends with the musical interlude meditative pause, the Selah.
“Sing to God!
Sing praises to his name!
Lift up a song to him!
He rides upon the clouds!
His name is Yahweh!
Be exultant before him!”
The psalmist wanted everyone to sing to God. He wanted them to sing praises to his name, Yahweh. He rides on the clouds so that all should exalt before him.