Thursday

22 November 2007

Psalm 92

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night." (v.1-2)

Background

Many of the psalms speak plainly of God's goodness and his glory, and the need for Christians to affirm these divine characteristics, not only with their lips but also actions.

Today's psalm is no exception and begins with the words 'It is good to give thanks to the Lord'. It is only later in the passage that the writer explains why we should be praising the Lord. Equally, our praise should be something that involves outward expression - singing and making music - so as to utilise our God-given talents in our thanksgiving.

For the psalmist, praising the Lord is an unconditional response, not dependent on circumstance or situations, nor time or season. Indeed, anytime is appropriate to worship the Lord as long as he is worshipped.

We tend to worship the Lord with real vigour when we've been especially blessed or things are going relatively well. It is often a different story when a sudden disaster strikes or during a time of testing. At times like this we find it hard to express the praise that is described in today's psalm.

Yet, we should be mindful of the fact that our praise has more to do with faith than feelings or emotions. It should be birthed and nurtured in a commitment to serve and honour an Almighty God who created and sustains our world, as well as loves us with a passion that is only matched by his power.

To Ponder

Is our worship more dependent on faith than feelings? What are the advantages and disadvantages of either?

Think about all your gifts. How can you use them to praise God?


Bible notes author

Richard Reddie

Richard Reddie is an author and researcher, who for three years headed up the set all free project which marked the 2007 slave trade bicentenary. He also worked as an education policy officer for Race On The Agenda (ROTA), a social policy think-tank looking at issues affecting London's Black Minority Ethnic Community.