“Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.”
So are you feeling like singing joyfully today? Are you ready to make beautiful music in spite of all that is going wrong in your life? Neither am I. However, Dr. Snyder tells us how to overcome the inability to “sing joyfully to the Lord” each day. He writes: “Once we get the full picture of who God is (it doesn’t happen in one day), what he’s done for us, what awaits us, and how faithful he has been and will continue to be, the praise part gets much easier. Time and experience teach us the discipline of praising God in spite of the things going on around us or within us. Whatever they may be, they’re temporary, while God’s trustworthiness and faithfulness are permanent. Our feelings come and go, but God’s word and purpose are ever the same.”
TODAY’S PRAYER: Ask God to give you the extraordinary, what you can’t create for yourself—the ability to praise him for his faithfulness in meeting your need even before your need is felt.
TJ Bates leads our prayer journeys on Theology Mix. A close friend of our admin staff, she's one of the most Christ-centered, hospitable, down-to-earth, fun, prayerful persons you will ever meet. TJ has spent her life devoted to serving God (knows everything you need to know about pastors, churches, and their ministries), and will drop everything and travel anywhere her help is needed. Everyone needs a TJ in their lives!