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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Psalm for the season (2)

"Let's start at the very beginning...a very good place to start" - how many of us remember The Sound of Music? God sure has a way of tying these things together...

In the first part of this post series, I mentioned that part of Psalm 92 has practically become a church anthem...when the song is raised, you need to give people time to sing, take it in and worship God  - it catches on like wildfire. The verses that make up the song are the 1st 2:

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening. (Ps 92: 1-2 - NLT)

This song was written by Lenny Leblanc in 1989 - Wow! Just thinking about that and taking care not to derail, I had a significant loss in my life that year - I lost my mother. As I write, tears well up in my eyes but I'm so grateful to God that I can look back from today and sing:

It is good to praise the Lord
It is good to gaze upon His majesty
To proclaim His love in the morning
And His faithfulness at night
Oh it is worship and praise the Lord

Let's dig into the chapter: verse 1 is not a request - it is a statement of fact and an affirmative one too: "it is a good and delightful thing to give thanks to the Lord," (Ps 92: 1a - Amplified)

The flip side is: It is bad not to give thanks or praise the Lord. It's not just bad, it essentially means that you are malfunctioning. We were created for God's praise and to praise God. Our lives and lips must give God praise...Not praising God = Human malfunction and there is no way you can ever be fulfilled if you do not do what you were created to.

Verse 2 also stresses that: "It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening," (NLT) When you liken "day" to when things are going on as planned or even better, it is usually "easier" to talk about how we are loved by God.

The challenge comes in the "evening" or "night" experiences - like my example above. At times like that, if we can think we will be able to tell of God's faithfulness because we know He has promised that: "Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning." (Ps 30:5b - NLT) When you are able to see God's hand in your situation at all can praise and thank Him knowing that: "...God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." (Rom 8:28)

Indeed it is good to praise the Lord...and it is so fulfilling too. There is joy in functioning. It actually pays "dividends" to praise and worship the Lord...I know from personal experience.

To be continued...

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