Praise on a Sunday

29 Oct

“1-3 Good people, cheer God!
Right-living people sound best when praising.
Use guitars to reinforce your Hallelujahs!
Play his praise on a grand piano!
Invent your own new song to him;
give him a trumpet fanfare.

4-5 For God’s Word is solid to the core;
everything he makes is sound inside and out.
He loves it when everything fits,
when his world is in plumb-line true.
Earth is drenched
in God’s affectionate satisfaction.”

As I think about the “earth being drenched in God’s affectionate satisfaction”, I think about the rains the SANDY will bring.  I don’t think those who are in the midst of the storm are understanding our drenching this way.  But, what would it be like if we did?  What if we took the days that we are going to be immobilized by the storm and found ways to study, praise and open ourselves to God’s presence?

Well, the psalmist continues to talk about God’s creation of all that is and then considers human beings.

” From high in the skies God looks around,
he sees all Adam’s brood.
From where he sits
he overlooks all us earth-dwellers.
He has shaped each person in turn;
now he watches everything we do.

16-17 No king succeeds with a big army alone,
no warrior wins by brute strength.
Horsepower is not the answer;
no one gets by on muscle alone.”

The psalmist sees God’s creation of human beings, God’s watching human beings and God’s power being the real power in our world.  I wonder whether we real believe this anyone?  If we see the power of God to transform our lives; that is to change our understanding of ourselves and our world in relation to God, as the real power in our world.  Well, if we do, then we can praise God with the psalmist;

“Watch this: God’s eye is on those who respect him,
the ones who are looking for his love.
He’s ready to come to their rescue in bad times;
in lean times he keeps body and soul together.

20-22 We’re depending on God;
he’s everything we need.
What’s more, our hearts brim with joy
since we’ve taken for our own his holy name.
Love us, God, with all you’ve got—
that’s what we’re depending on.”

I pray in this day, you are feeling God loving you and knowing that it is the real power in our life to make your life whole and holy.


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