Each church has its own “temperament.” There are churches where you find happiness and hope, a warm fellowship and a welcoming spirit. Others are cold and closed, old and tired. In between are some that are looking for an identity, trying one thing and then another.
Psalm 33 is filled with enthusiasm for God. And, it has some great advice on how to worship God. “Sing joyfully,” said the Psalmist. “Praise the Lord with the harp and the ten-stringed lyre,” he continues. But why?
One reason is that “The Word of the Lord is right and true.” No one has ever rejected the Bible because it contradicts itself but because it contradicts the reader. “The only objection against the Bible,” said Wilmot the infidel when he was dying, “is a bad life.”
“The plans of the Lord stand true,” is another reason to sing. A father said to his son, “Go to the third step and jump. I’ll catch you!” But he didn’t, and his son fell to the floor. “Now get up and remember,” he said, “not to trust anyone - not even your father.” What terrible, tragic advice. However, our Heavenly Father never tricks us nor tempts us. He is faithful in all places, in all things, and at all times.
Finally, “The eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear Him.” No army has ever saved a king, David once said. Warriors work together and combine their strength but are often defeated. But “God delivers His own from death and keeps them alive in famine.”
Humanists depend on human beings. But Christians depend on Jesus Christ to nourish, deliver, sustain, and save them, while providing strength for the journey.
Prayer: Thank you Father for delivering us! May our hearts and lives be centered on worshiping You in songs of joy and shouts of praise. May we accept all we have in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord; it is fitting for the pure to praise him. Psalm 33:1
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