Psalms of Honesty and Truth
To live in grateful awareness of all God has done, is doing and will do in our lives is a full life of peace, in spite of current circumstances. Like the Psalmist sings, “What a beautiful think to give thanks to You, High God!” Sincere, humble thanks for God’s salvation, restoration, protection, provision floods our souls with pure joy. When we remember how He navigated the storms of our lives, we praise him gladly!
I pray each day for the holy awareness to see God around every corner and He answers that prayer gladly for He wants us to know He is always there. He never changes His mind about us. He loves us and is devoted to us. How can we not love Him back? Yes, it is a beautiful privilege to love God the Father, Jesus, our Savior and Lord with praise and thanksgiving.
Psalm 92, The Message
A Sabbath Song
1-3 What a beautiful thing, God, to give thanks,
to sing an anthem to you, the High God!
To announce your love each daybreak,
sing your faithful presence all through the night,
Accompanied by dulcimer and harp,
the full-bodied music of strings.
4-9 You made me so happy, God
I saw your work and I shouted for joy.
How magnificent your work, God!
How profound your thoughts!
Dullards never notice what you do;
fools never do get it.
When the wicked popped up like weeds
and all the evil men and women took over,
You mowed them down,
finished them off once and for all.
You, God, are High and Eternal.
Look at your enemies, God!
Look at your enemies—ruined!
Scattered to the winds, all those hirelings of evil!
10-14 But you’ve made me strong as a charging bison,
you’ve honored me with a festive parade.
The sight of my critics going down is still fresh,
the rout of my malicious detractors.
My ears are filled with the sounds of promise:
“Good people will prosper like palm trees,
Grow tall like Lebanon cedars;
transplanted to God’s courtyard,
They’ll grow tall in the presence of God,
lithe and green, virile still in old age.”
15 Such witnesses to upright God!
My Mountain, my huge, holy Mountain!
We can worship all day long, from morning to evening. We can begin the day assured of His love and end the day looking back on His faithfulness. We can look around and marvel at His works, including His providential care and leading in our own lives, and we can look into His Word and probe the depths of His great thoughts (Rom. 11:33-36). Whether we are stirred by the creation around us or the Scriptures before us, we have every reason to worship and praise God, for He is reigning above us!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Hallowed is Your Name. May Your Kingdom come and reign supremely in and around us. May we see You in every day. May Your will be done in us and through us, declaring and reflecting your glory and power. Give us this day our daily manna of Your wisdom, insight and understanding with an awareness of You in this day. Forgive us our sin as we forgive the offenses of others. Lead us around the traps of temptation and deliver us from evil and evil’s schemes to pull us away from You. For You have all power. To You be all glory, honor and praise forever and ever!
In Jesus Name, With a grateful heart, Amen. I believe.