Want to get a head start on our new 7 week series – “Finding Joy and Delight in the Lord? I would urge you to read Psalm 92 every day this week. This Psalm, which is the only one that is designated as “A song to be sung on the Sabbath” was obviously written so that the Israelites could come together and express their adoration and admiration of the LORD. This song would help them to express corporately their personal delight in God’s infinite worth and beauty along with their gratefulness for all that He has done for them.
Would you agree that the “inner essence of worship (worth – ship) is to know God truly and then respond from the heart to that knowledge by valuing God, treasuring God, prizing God, enjoying God, being satisfied (delighted) with God above all earthly things. And then that deep restful, joyful satisfaction in God overflows in demonstrable acts of praise from the lips and demonstrable acts of love in serving others for the sake of Christ? (John Piper’s definition)
“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim Your unfailing love in the morning, Your faithfulness in the evening. You thrill me, LORD, with all You have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done. O LORD, what great works You do! And how deep are Your thoughts.” Psalm 92: 1 – 5 (NLB)
By the way, the cedar trees of Lebanon (vs. 12 – 14) are considered to be the finest of trees in that area. They are described in other Biblical passages as large with wide spreading branches, strong and durable, graceful and beautiful, high and tall, fragrant and highly valued. God’s promise in this Psalm is to prosper those who truly worship Him in these exact ways, so that even in old age they will be fruitful and vital. Sounds really appealing to me. How about you?
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