Daily D – Psalm 113:3
From the rising of the sun to its setting, let the name of the LORD be praised.
PSALM 113:3 (CSB)
Benjamin Franklin said, “Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.”
Snow White taught us how to whistle while we work. Her song includes these words:
So whistle while you work
The industrious among us know that all-day work requires all-day songs and tunes. Each of us carries a soundtrack around inside our heads. AirPods and earbuds are not necessary for most folks.
Each day sings its own song. Today’s playlist will include for me songs of reminiscing and future hopes. I will review the week and gauge its successes and setbacks in the storylines of my life. I will peer into the planned events for the week ahead and adjust my preparation toward proper execution.
Today is the day our staff cleans our building. As the Master of the Mop, I will whistle two songs while I work. The first is an old Sandi Patti song. I’ll Give You Peace. (https://bit.ly/3eFNmmn)
The second is one that never ceases to make me smile. It is from The Wizard of Oz: If I Only Had a Brain. (https://bit.ly/32GlBnT) I used to think in my younger years that one day I would not have to engage in physical labor like I did on the farm or on a carpenter’s crew or driving a truck for Frito-Lay. Here I am a big-time executive and one of my jobs is mopping the bathrooms. And I am good at it!
My days go best when songs of praise fill my heart, mind, and mouth. Whoever wrote this psalm apparently felt the same way. Praise is our purpose all day every day. And why not? Indeed, how could we not? Look at verses 4-6:
his glory above the heavens.
Who is like the LORD our God—
the one enthroned on high,
who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?
Even our all-glorious God stoops to mop up the messes, to help, to heal, to raise up. Again, how could we not sing his praises? How could we not follow his example? How could we not join him in his work?
What songs will you sing today?
I will sing God’s praises all day.
Our Father, your praise will ever be on my lips. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.