Today’s Readings: Psalm 92
Every morning I wake to the sound of the birds singing in the trees outside our home (unless it’s raining). At times I’d question the so called singing of the wattle birds, but as we move from spring into summer I find the sounds a beautiful start to the day.
Today’s reading challenged me to think about how I start my morning. Is it with a song of praise like the birds, or do I need coffee and a quiet space before I’m ready to ‘face the world’?
‘It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.’ Vs1-3
If the birds can start the day in song to the creator, why can’t or don’t I?
We read in Genesis chapter 1 that when God created, he spoke everything into being.
‘And God said, ….. ‘ vs 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 22, 24 etc
And when God created mankind, we read that he created men and women in His image. Genesis 1:27
Nature has its own way of displaying the glory of God, but the God of the spoken word gave us His unique gift of words and speech. There are also those who have been gifted with the ability to produce songs and music, and God wants and is deserving and worthy of our praise.
‘For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the work of your hands.’ Vs 4
I have good reason to sing for joy for both who God is and what He has done.
‘The Lord has made His salvation known and revealed His righteousness to the nations.’ Psalm 98
But there are also times when I wake in the morning and the last thing I feel like doing is singing a song of praise. I’m still tired or I may simply be sad about what life has thrown at me. These are the days when maybe you and I simply need to be ministered to by recalling His promises and the truth of who He is.
And to open the words of the Psalmist and claim, together with the tune of the early morning songbirds, ‘The Lord is upright; He is my Rock …’ v14