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It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High.” (Psalm 92:1, NASB)

“It is good to praise the Lord, but notice it didn’t say to praise the Lord when things are good. Instead it is good to praise the Lord, period.”

The reminder came from a dear online friend in our morning Bible Study group.

Praising the Lord releases us from our burdens as we cast them on the Lord, making the load on ourselves lighter.

The Message words the passage this way:

“What a beautiful thing, God, to give thanks, to sing an anthem to you, the High God! To announce your love each daybreak, sing your faithful presence all through the night.”

The word ‘anthem’ now had my attention. Looking up the word to see exactly what it means, I discover it is “a piece of sacred vocal music.”

Not an instrumental. A vocal.

Looking out my window, I see trees, grass, birds, the sky, clouds, rain, leaves – all beautiful but they cannot do a vocal. But we, His created people, can sing our hearts out.

Lord, I thank You that You have made it so that Your people can sing an anthem. Imagine, the very songs we sing are sacred to You. Thank You for giving us vocal cords that can sing all about You. And to You. Amen.

“Jesus, the anthem of my heartJesus, the anchor of my soul.”

God often speaks to us through His beautiful creation all around us. While observing the behavior of birds, Jennifer was reminded  of how we all need grace, love, and acceptance. She will bless you with her gentle reminder to be less harsh and more gracious towards one another.  You can read her post, Strange Reactions HERE.


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