Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Sound of the Trumpets

An old Jewish legend claims that each day in heaven begins with the ringing sound that comes from a trumpet.

After Lucifer, once the son of the morning, had fallen from heaven, he was asked, “What do you miss most?” After a moment’s though he said, “The trumpets that sounds in the morning.” The legend continues that the reason the trumpet sounded was to call people together to thank God for His love and mercy, grace and goodness.

Sadly, the “trumpet of thanksgiving” is absent from the lives of far too many Christians. The sounds of glory and gratitude have been replaced with groans of gloom and grief, greed and godless living.
But we are urged in Psalm 150: to “Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet.” Trumpets were used in Jewish ceremonies to remind worshipers of the greatness, glory and goodness of God and to praise and thank Him.

Perhaps it would be a good idea if each church had a trumpet player to begin each worship service. Perhaps the sound of a well-played trumpet might remind us to “bow down” before our Creator and give Him thanks for His many blessings - the ones we are aware of and those who fall on us unannounced and unrecognized.

Giving thanks is an important part of life - especially in the life of a Christian. All that we have or will have, all that we are or will become, is not accidental. Everything in our lives comes from the grace of God. And not to thank Him is, actually, to insult Him. In ourselves, we have no worth. We only have worth in, through and by God’s grace.

Prayer:  God, give us grateful hearts - hearts filled with gratitude for Your love, grace, mercy, salvation and hope! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today:  Psalm 150:1 Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

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