You who stand in the house of the LORD,
In the courts of the house of our God,
Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;
Sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant.
The Psalms served as the hymnal for the nation of Israel. It is a collection of songs designed to celebrate the Lord and to stir the people to action. This particular song calls upon the child of God to express heart felt worship. The verses that follow take us quickly through Israel’s history and remind us of the power, care and faithfulness of God. Essentially the songwriter is looking back and reflecting upon the ways in which God has blessed his life. I think that can be a very valuable and even rewarding practice. I was speaking with a friend recently who shared that he woke up in the middle of the night and was unable to sleep. Instead of turning on the tv, searching the web or grabbing for a book he began to simply reflect upon his life and how the hand of God had so faithfully guided and cared for him. While sleep evaded him the mercies and grace of God flooded his heart and mind.
Perhaps this would be a good exercise for all of us.
Take a few minutes to make a list of how God has cared for and guided you. Think back over the years but be sure to give ample attention to the present.
Once your done spend a few minutes worshipping God for His faithfulness and then share your list with a friend.