How do we begin to explain, proclaim or teach what it means to worship the Almighty?
I can tell you about God. I can describe His virtues and give credit for all that God has done, but I cannot reveal through words alone the powerful, breath-taking attraction of seeing Him for yourself.
I cannot put you in touch with your created purpose, but God can. There were prophecies in ancient times that told of a new kind of people.
In this particular Psalm, the writer is weak and sick. This Psalm is a lament and cry to God. Mid-psalm we find this prophecy about a future generation. These people were not yet created, but they would be a generation who praise the Lord. God would create this new kind of people as a response to hearing the groans of prisoners.
Everyone who is imprisoned or trapped and living a death-row existence has been heard by Heaven. God will raise a people who will respond to God and in so doing become responsive to prisoners. Instead of casting judgment on sinners, our proximity to the Father moves us to respond to human need. True worshippers start to hear the things that God is listening to. He hears our cries, too.
The Psalm describes a people ‘not yet’ created. Who is this future generation the Psalmist refers to?