Psalm 30, 4-5
Something to read
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment; his favour is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
New Revised Standard Version
Something to think about
Have you ever noticed how most people do not sing at a church wedding? When I've been brave enough to seek a reason from brides and bridegrooms-to-be I was usually told, 'People just don't sing on such occasions.'
David in these verses directs fellow believers to 'sing praises' and 'give thanks' to Yahweh because he has replaced the past 'anger' and 'weeping' with 'favour' and 'joy.'
Think for a moment about pictures of people being liberated from war, persecution, disaster or famine … what do you see and hear? You hear the people retelling stories of their liberation with an outflowing of praise and thanksgiving. You may also discover there is an element of the liberated bonding with, and befriending, their deliverers.
Such responses are also present in the Hebrew word translated as 'give thanks' in verse 4, for in giving thanks you retell the stories and declare your love for Yahweh.
Our praise and thanks in worship is our response to receiving from God.
However, Paul writes in Romans 12:1b '…present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship', which means that such response needs to be manifested in the whole of our life's activities, not just in words.
Something to do
Recount how God has blessed you today. Then turn that into praise and thanksgiving. Seek to turn your everyday activities into an act of 'spiritual worship'.
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Something to pray
Lord forgive me when I bring a prayer list of wants,
Instead plant in me a heart of praise and thanksgiving.
May my life this day be an act of spiritual worship.
Today's contributor is The Rev Frazer Hawkes, a retired Methodist minister.