1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
2 To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
And Your faithfulness every night,
3 On an instrument of ten strings,
On the lute,
And on the harp,
With harmonious sound.
4 For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work;
I will triumph in the works of Your hands.
5 O Lord, how great are Your works!
Your thoughts are very deep.
12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
As we go through the Psalms we have to see that the great hymn writers of Israel knew the greatness of God. As they saw Him in His greatness they overflowed with praise of Him. Their song was in the morning and in the evening, it was with instruments, and it was with harmony. They seem to have not been able to stop praising God, Most High.
They recognized that the Lord made them glad when they observed His work. The work of His hands brought feelings of triumph. They studied God’s works and saw the depth of God’s thoughts. Do we look for God as they do? Do we see the Lord in as many places as they do? Do we see the depth of God’s thought, the brilliance of His work, the carefulness of His planning and the thoroughness of His creation? Take time to meditate upon the Most High God.
Later in the Psalm the writer looks at those who seek the Lord and who live in His righteousness. They who do so flourish. They produce fruit and they have great inner strength. The most secure people I have ever met are people who love the Lord and live their lives for Him. As they recognize who God is they find life’s strength in Him and are able to live secure in Him.
Those who plant themselves, a picture of a plant that takes root in one place, in the house of God, flourish in His courts. I know there is a difference between the Temple of Jerusalem and the local Christian church, but the principle remains the same. When we love the local church, when we plant ourselves in its purposes, when we love the people and work of the Lord, we flourish in the Lord. When people stop coming to church, they lose something. It is not healthy. When we remain planted in the house of God we understand His flourishing in our lives. Meditate on this today and seek to understand what the Psalmist is saying to us.
As I worked with a family last night, I was thankful for a church that cares for one another. They know the church cares and can’t imagine where they would be without our church. Never forget the importance of loving another and praying for one another. In times of personal crisis the care we share can carry us through.
I talked with Mark Massey yesterday. They have some boys who began Labor Day and are beginning to struggle. The honeymoon is over and the routine is hard for them in their unsubmissive state. Pray for the Lord to break their hearts and do His miracle of salvation upon them.
I will be at Sunrise this morning at 10:30 and thank you for your prayers for that service. Pastor Bill is going in for a physical this morning. Many of you were concerned for him Sunday morning. We will know more later. He feels fine. Thanks for your prayers and concern.
Did you hear Naghmeh Abedini’s testimony on Moody radio this morning? What an amazing opportunity God has given this woman. She is proclaiming Christ with boldness before world rulers. She is on a 21 day fast and God is opening unique doors for her. Pray for her and for her husband’s release.
Have a great day in the Lord,