In the stillness of the early morning, I opened the Word.
Thirsty. Hungry. Needy.
And I came upon this:
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving.
and extol him with music and song. Psalm 95:1-2
We sit in the quiet. We wait on the Lord.
We are such people of doing.
Yet….here David…the psalmist….gives us something to do.
Sing for joy.
Shout out loud.
Play music and sing for HIM.
Okay…it’s really early. It’s really quiet.
I may not be able to do the out loud part.
Or, even play (my out of tune piano I haven’t touched since we moved).
But, I can read more Psalms.
For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land. Psalm 95:3-5
I change the wording slightly and read it back to God.
“God, you are great…you are above all. Above our governments, above all the people and things that we think are important, you are greater than any of these. You hold this beautiful world in the palm of your hand. You know how deep the greatest canyon is and how tall the tallest mountain, because you formed each of them, they are part of your magnificent creation. You made the oceans, and lakes, and rivers, and streams. You shaped the flat lands, the deserts, the valleys, the rolling hills, and the mountains. I am in awe of this beauty and what you have done. You are truly great, Lord.”
This is a beautiful exercise.
When the news tells us about our government gone awry.
When we are certain that this interview is leading to a job and then the e-mail contains words we didn’t expect.
When the checking account runs dry.
I remember who God is. He is the one I can always count on. He is our rock. There is no one like him.
Come, let us bow down in worship.
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker,
for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care. Psalm 95:6-7
I am reminded that I am HIS.
I am reminded that I’m not left to flail around in the vastness of this world fending for myself, alone.
I am reminded that I am under HIS care. (You, too.)
I truly need to start my day with HIS perspective.
It sets my perspective.
Does any of this change my circumstance?
When I start my day and get these things straight…
knowing who God is and who I am not….
I get perspective.
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
I’m not singing out of joy.
In my singing, I receive joy.
We sing truth to HIM.
We praise HIM.
We acknowledge HIS greatness and all HIS attributes.
And when we do HE returns something priceless to us.
Just like the cool, sweet, early morning mountain air that drifts in the window by my chair….
He refreshes me.
He restores my soul.
I breathe it in. Deeply.
The thirst, the hunger, the neediness, it dissipates.
And I am renewed for another day.
What a wonderful God.
- Have you tried this exercise?
- What is the one thing that would be different if you took the time to do it?
- If you have….what difference did it make?
It’s Joy Day!
The day we take a few moments to remember our week and give thanks in all things.
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT)
Will you join me in counting just ‘seven’ things to offer in gratitude?
Thank you God for
- a time of worship, led by worshipers and not performers.
- the refreshment that comes from your Word.
- the knowledge that you are caring for us even when we get a negative e-mail.
- the phone call from a dear friend and the long chat.
- answering our prayers for others.
- beautiful blooming Japanese Iris.
- the hope you give us for employment.
Okay….it’s your turn. Consider the past week and count ‘seven’ and share them below in the “Share your thoughts” section. I dare you!! Count your gifts, give thanks, and get JOY! Your joy meter will rise. You just might not want to stop. [wink] You just might want to take the Joy Dare here.
Thank you so much for joining me here today. I enjoy your lovely and thoughtful words and read and reply to each one. If this post has touched or encouraged you in any way, would you share it with your friends with any of the sharing buttons at the bottom or side? And if you are a new reader, this is a weekly series that arrives in your mailbox every Sunday should you subscribe. Here are a few recent posts: Feeling Hard Pressed? ~ How to Receive God’s Blessing. ~ My Word for the Year. You can find more “Joy Day!” posts under the Joy and Inspiration category here.
Sing for joy….
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