Daily D – Psalm 48:9-10
Psalm 48:9, 10
Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. Like your name, O God, your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with righteousness. (NIV)
God, within your temple, we contemplate your faithful love. Like your name, God, so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with justice. (CSB)
Have you ever sat through a not-so-inspiring sermon? (You should feel what it is like to be the preacher in such circumstances.) As you allow your mind to wander, what do you ponder?
I read about the value of gratitude a few years ago. One of the encouragements in the article was to keep a gratitude journal. I have such a dedicated journal sitting on the breakfast table. Each evening before bedtime, I write down at least one thing I am grateful for in the day now passed. Writing about this same idea sometime back, a friend responded and said she writes down three things she is grateful for each day. This is a good start.
If your pastor is not on top of his game today or someday soon, when your mind is tempted to wander, your gratitude journal gives you something to ponder. This is one of the reasons we attend worship weekly. We come to express our love to God in worship. We come to celebrate with our brothers and sisters what God has done in our lives over the last week.
Last Sunday, my bride and I knelt in prayer at the altar with a particular psalm open which we prayed together. Our Father in heaven graciously, lovingly heard and answered our prayer. How could I not return to worship today to express my love and gratitude?
Before you find your Bible and your notepad and pen and climb in the car for the drive to worship, reflect on your many blessings from the week gone by. If you keep a gratitude journal, and you should, flip through the pages and remind yourself of God’s unmistakable hand in your life this week.
Worship God for who he is. Thank him for what he does. Dedicate yourself to living in wonder, awe, praise, and gratitude. You will always have something to ponder when your mind begins to wander.
I will celebrate God’s greater Yes today.
Our Father, how extravagant you are in your gracious gifts! How wonderful you are in answering our prayers better than we pray them! We bring you our praise and thanksgiving today. We will learn to live in gratitude for how good you are to us day by day and moment by moment. Amen.
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2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)
2 Chronicles 33:15, 16 He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel.
Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
2 Kings 20:2, 3 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”