Saturday, April 22, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Resurrection: Celebration of New Life in Christ
Psalm 108: 1-4

Gracious John
St. Andrews MTC, NY

"For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens, and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds."


Praise the Lord! The theme of Praise comes from David in this Psalm. It is written both as instruction and expression. The passage gives us a chronologic order of how praise is to be.
 
David begins with his Soul. This is the foundation of praise. We must train and dedicate our inner being or praise to focus on the Lord always. The Psalm calls for our hearts to be steadfast. What an intimate and fierce calling! David is resolving to be unwavering in the Lord. We must share this fervent desire in order to fuel the next step of praise.
 
Next, David brings praise with his harp and lyre. This can represent our talents that God has given to us. In our grandparents generation, we all have heard stories of prayer very early in the morning, the prayers and praise that awoke the dawn of that day. This is the outward sign of praise once our soul is steadfast. However, we are bringing our outward praise to and for the Lord first!
 
Next, we see that David proclaims his praise to the nations and people. This is the completion and progression of this praise. Often times, we mix up this order, and are praising to the people, but without a foundation in our souls. Only when we combine and direct our praise in completion, that is it what the Lord desires.
 
This is a tall order to handle. Sometimes, we may feel it's too much and sometimes, we will fail. However, David leaves us with hope and assurance that the love and faithfulness of God is beyond what we can imagine. God doesn't expect or want us to do this on our own. We can lean on God's love and faithfulness so that we can give him complete steadfast praise!
 
As we get ready to close another week, let us evaluate our steadfast meter. Let's resolve to be steadfast like David, let us use what God has given us to bring Him praise, and let us proclaim it to this world that so desperately needs it. In short, Praise the Lord!

PRAYER

Dear Lord, Help our souls, talents, and praise to be our life-song to you. Amen

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

"The climax of God’s happiness is the delight he takes in the echoes of his excellence in the praises of the saints". John Piper