Yesterday was a great day! We found out that our oldest daughter, Christina, was accepted into the University of North Carolina for next year. This was something that she had wanted and worked hard for many years and something her mother and I also wanted for her since we both are UNC alums ourselves. It is always nice to have a day to celebrate good news.
In my devotion that morning, I read Psalm 92 which talks about having a great day as well. Only this great day can happen regardless of whether you have some good news to celebrate or not. In fact, your day can be great even in the midst of much difficulty if you follow the psalmist’s prescription. Here are verses 1-3:
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
How can we have the ideal day? First, we are to declare God’s steadfast love (lovingkindness) in the morning. We look forward to the things our generous God has in store for us as we face a new day. Second, we sing praise and give thanks to God during the day as we experience even little blessings. Get in the habit of looking for the reasons you can praise God daily. Finally, as the day comes to an end and we go to sleep, we can think back to how faithful our God is to provide for us and bless us. That’s a great day!
Of course, I love the fact that the psalmist encourages us to do these things to music. As an aside, when I read these words I remember a fragment of a choir anthem I have sung at some point in the past that contained these verses as lyrics. I couldn’t tell you the name of the song, but I do remember the tune. One of the songs I’ve written for my upcoming album is called “Faithful” and it is closely based on the great hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” The chorus says this:
I trust You; You will never let me down.
I believe You; for Your Word is always true.
I thank You; You keep all your promises.
O my Father, faithful are You.
Isn’t it great how music can help us to praise and thank God? Have a great day!