Thursday, September 01, 2011

Sing Praises!

 5God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
 6Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
 7For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. 

 Sing Praises!

Sing ye praises with understanding.

I am often amazed at the depth of understanding found in short phrases tucked away unassumingly in the Psalms. In many ways, verses 5-7 of Psalm 47 are a repetition of verses 1-4, except for these five words found at the end of verse 7. 

As we are again reminded that our God is the King of all the earth, we are encouraged to sing praises with understanding. What a reminder of the simplicity and yet profound depth of the Gospel. We do not follow God mindlessly, but rather are encouraged to know this God we serve.

We do not serve a god of wood or stone, but rather, we serve the Great Creator God, who knows our innermost beings. Just as we saw David return again and again to God, his first love, so must we, too, continually come back to God. Who is there like unto our God? There is no other who loves us so completely, and is ready to forgive when we humbly come before Him.

Does that mean we can live as we please, because God is always ready to forgive? One only has to look into the Old Testament Scriptures to understand the fallacy of that question. God loved His children with an everlasting love, but a time did come, both for the nation of Israel as well as for Judah, when God said, "Enough!" 

What, then, does God desire from His children? God desires hearts devoted to Him, and Him alone! The children of Israel did not necessarily leave God, rather, they added the worship of the gods of the surrounding nations to their worship of God. Is it possible that we do the same thing in our day?

Do we serve God with a singular love, or do we mix the pleasures and desires of this world with our worship of God? Do we find our greatest pleasure in the things of this world or in the joy of seeing people come to Christ? 

Let us sing praises to God, this day; let us sing praises with understanding!

God Bless You,

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