It is good…

It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,
 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
and the melody of the harp.

Psalm 92:1-3

As he often did, David has given us a psalm of praise. This one is a little different from some of them, just as it is a little different from most modern songs of praise. Notice that in this one, David isn’t putting the praise in the future tense. Sometimes I read his psalms or hear modern songs that say we (I) will praise the Lord, and then it never really seems to take place; just a promise that at some future point we’ll get around to it.

It may interest you to know at this point that I irritate my wife frequently reacting to what she says instead of what she means. Anyway, this time, David is clear that it is a good thing to praise the Lord both in the morning and in the evening.

The praise in this case is through music, in the morning for God’s great love, and in the evening for God’s steadfastness or faithfulness. That way, we begin our day reminded of God’s love for us, setting a certain tone for the day, perhaps reminding us that He has commanded that just as He has loved us, so too should we love our neighbor. In the evening, when the darkness comes and we prepare to lay down and sleep, David would have us be reminded that God is faithful and steadfast, watching over us through the night, no doubt a great comfort to a man who spent so many years being hunted by his enemies.

Yes, this is a good thing for us too, for what better way is there to begin and end each day by giving all praise and glory to God for all that He has done for us?


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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10 Responses to It is good…

  1. Very good. And isn’t it interesting that in Ephesians, it says “let us sing and play on the strings of our heart”.

  2. I was a worship minister for several years in the later 80’s and you are right with this. One of the things that I most looked for in choosing praise or worship music was that the music itself helped bring about those things! Some of the songs that talk about future tense are rousing and nice, but they are only effective in congregational worship IF you follow them immediately with songs that either praise or worship right then and there! If you want the Holy Spirit to manifest His presence in the midst of the people, it takes praise right then, not a promise of praise in the future!! Brought back great memories and a great post to remember! Thank you for this!

  3. I will bless the Lord at all times. Truthful statement or general aim 😂 He blesses us 24/7. Gorgeous flowers and reminder of our spectacular author of life whose love for us is limitless n enthusiasm for our interests which reflect His heart is boundless

  4. Taylor Newby says:

    This is wonderfully refreshing. Your emphasis on praising God now, present tense, is entirely wonderful. WOW! Such an encouraging piece of writing.

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