Monday, January 21, 2013

Joyful Thanks!

Psalm 47:1 (NAS) "O clap your hands, all peoples; Shout to God with the voice of joy."

The scripture focus for yesterday's card is one of joyful thankfulness.  I can not read this Psalm without a little excitement sneaking in to my voice!  Try reading it out loud.  See?!  Did the excitement enter your voice as well?    The Psalmist was not depressed when he wrote this.  Something awesome had happened!  God had intervened in a dire situation.  Strongholds had been broken!  Only joyful thanks would do for the Lord Almighty.

The full chapter from The Message emphasizes the feeling of amazement and joy.

"A Psalm of the Sons of Korah 

47 1-9 "Applause, everyone. Bravo, bravissimo!   Shout God-songs at the top of your lungs!   God Most High is stunning,  astride land and ocean. He crushes hostile people,  puts nations at our feet.  He set us at the head of the line, prize-winning Jacob, his favorite. Loud cheers as God climbs the mountain, a ram’s horn blast at the summit. Sing songs to God, sing out!  Sing to our King, sing praise!  He’s Lord over earth,  so sing your best songs to God. God is Lord of godless nations— sovereign, he’s King of the mountain. Princes from all over are gathered,  people of Abraham’s God. The powers of earth are God’s— he soars over all."

Have you ever given God applause? If not, next time He does the extraordinary for you, give Him a standing ovation!  He delights in the praises of His people and I believe He blesses us when we give Him the praise He is due.  

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