I want to come to Jesus with fresh eyes, a fresh heart, a fresh, teachable mind and spirit. It’s tempting to move quickly through a familiar passage (or a familiar phrase) with a “been there dealt with that” mentality.
But that’s not very teachable, is it?
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. . .Psalm 92:1,2 ESV
It is good — fitting, proper, becoming — It’s the right and reasonable thing to do. I’m not “doing something special” for God in the sense that He is not deserving. Giving thanks to God is a reasonable action for a creature to the Creator.
give thanks — an acknowledgement of what is right about God in praise and thanksgiving. Reminding myself of God’s character; in this instance, God’s steadfast love and His faithfulness.
declare — proclaim, tell out loud; announce publicly, especially the attributes of the Lord. It is a good thing to not just remind myself, but to share with others honestly how I am witnessing God’s steadfast love and faithfulness in my life.
in the morning . . .by night — these are two crucial times for me. Especially if I wake up with a headache, it is so tempting to let that “downer” cloud my day. Instead, I can choose to declare God’s steadfast love for me; His sufficiency in providing what I need; His wisdom in knowing exactly what I can and cannot do today.
At night, when I go to bed, what are my thoughts as I go to sleep? Do I recount God’s faithfulness to me? Do I complain about what I didn’t have/didn’t get done? Sleep comes more quickly, and is more restful when my closing thoughts on my pillow are an acknowledgement of what is right about my God
And to Whom does this acknowledgement belong? To Whom do I announce the rightness, the steadfast love, the faithfulness?
O Most High — El Elyon, the most exalted. the highest. There is no one greater. His steadfast love is the most steadfast; his faithfulness is the most faithful.
It really is good to give thanks to the Lord!