Reading the Word
Psalm 92:1–15 (ESV)
1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2 to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
3 to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
4 For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
5 How great are your works, O LORD!
Your thoughts are very deep!
6 The stupid man cannot know;
the fool cannot understand this:
7 that though the wicked sprout like grass
and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction forever;
8 but you, O LORD, are on high forever.
9 For behold, your enemies, O LORD,
for behold, your enemies shall perish;
all evildoers shall be scattered.
10 But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
you have poured over me fresh oil.
11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.
12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the house of the LORD;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
15 to declare that the LORD is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Understanding and Applying the Word
As we approach Thanksgiving, it is a wonderful time to be thankful. When I think about that, the song Count Your Blessings immediately comes to mind. If we pause to consider how God has blessed us, we will quickly become overwhelmed. God is good!
The opening of this psalm tells us that it is good to give thanks and sing praises to God. Our praise should encompass our whole day, from morning until night. Christians should be known as thankful people because our praise for our Lord should be frequent and evident to all. The remainder of the psalm tells us that God’s people can rest secure in him because he provides for us and ensures our future.
Take time today to count your blessings and give thanks to our good God!
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