The scripture for today is Psalm 92.
1 It is good to praise the LORD
and make music to your name, O Most High,
2 proclaiming your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,
3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
and the melody of the harp.
As we head into the middle of summer, there is something special about Psalm 92. Maybe it has been this particular year that has made the spring and summer a little sweeter than other years. Maybe it is because this is my first summer in the Midwest that has me appreciating the changing seasons a little more. And this has felt like a longer winter, especially with the pandemic.
And with that this summer might seem a little different too. Plans we have made may have been cancelled. Trips and family celebrations may have to look different. I know that for me, it has been particularly challenging, especially with travel restrictions and fear of being exposed to the virus while visiting family, or worse, unintentionally exposing them.
But hear the words of the Psalmist…
…it is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name…
There is no modifier in that verse that says, praise the Lord only when things are looking up for you. Praise the Lord only at the heights of the mountains, not in the deep, dark valleys of your life.
No, it is good to praise the Lord. And we are to always praise the Lord.
I want to encourage us to continue singing praises to God, through all of the good. Through the long days of summer and in all that we do with our families and friends. Thanking God for all the blessings in our life. But I also want to encourage us to sing praises to God when the going gets tough. Though those circumstances of life that can sometimes challenge us.
We were made to praise the Lord and in return, to be mindful of the blessings we have received and to be a blessing for the world.
Louis Moehlman Louis@livinglord.org