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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Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand. (CSB)
Isaiah 38:2, 3 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD. He said, “Please, LORD, remember how I have walked before you faithfully and wholeheartedly, and have done what pleases you.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. (CSB)
Isaiah 30:18 Therefore the LORD is waiting to show you mercy, and is rising up to show you compassion, for the LORD is a just God. All who wait patiently for him are happy. (CSB)