It is Sunday. A day to praise and worship God. The Bible agreed this morning, as it opened here:
On that same day, David appointed Asaph and his brothers to sing for the first time these praises of the LORD:
Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name; make known among the peoples his deeds. Sing praise, play music; proclaim all his wondrous deeds. Glory in his holy name; rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
Rely on the mighty LORD; constantly seek his face.
Recall the wondrous deeds he has done, his signs, and his words of judgment, You sons of Israel, his servants, offspring of Jacob, the chosen ones! The LORD is our God; who rules the whole earth. He remembers forever his covenant the pact imposed for a thousand generations— Which was made with Abraham, confirmed by oath to Isaac, And ratified as binding for Jacob, an everlasting covenant for Israel: “To you will I give the land of Canaan, your own allotted heritage.” When they were few in number, a handful, and strangers there, Wandering from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another, He let no one oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings: “Do not touch my anointed, to my prophets do no harm.”
Sing to the LORD, all the earth, announce his salvation, day after day. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds. For great is the LORD and highly to be praised; to be feared above all gods. For the gods of the nations all do nothing, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty go before him; power and rejoicing are in his holy place.
Give to the LORD, you families of nations, give to the LORD glory and might; Give to the LORD the glory due his name! Bring gifts, and come before him; bow down to the LORD, splendid in holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth; the world will surely stand fast, never to be moved. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let them say among the nations: The LORD is king. Let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them! Then let all the trees of the forest exult before the LORD, who comes, who comes to rule the earth.
Give thanks to the LORD, who is good, whose love endures forever; And say, “Save us, O God, our savior, gather us and deliver us from among the nations, That we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in praising you. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!
Let all the people say, Amen! Hallelujah.
1 Chronicles 16:7-36
Twice David tells us: Give thanks to God! Being grateful seems like a lost attribute in today’s world (perhaps it was in ancient times as well).
Call on His name. Constantly seek His face. Rely on God. (How often do we forget to ask? To call out to God when we need Him — and even when we think we don’t need Him? How often do we doubt and fail to trust that His way is the right way — to be confident that we can rely on Him?)
Sing to the Lord. Spread the joy of God. God has done mighty deeds. Announce His salvation day after day. Tell all the earth of his glory. There can be no doubt that what the world needs now, is God! Who is going to tell the world this? It takes us all of us to do that. Sing of God’s goodness. Let all the earth rejoice! Give all glory to God!
His love endures forever!
Thank you God for another beautiful day! Thank you for every breath and heartbeat that you provide even when we do not take full advantage of them, even when we do not use them to glorify your name. You are my King! You are my Savior!
Save us O God!