It’s Time to Skip
A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath.
1It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
2to declare Your steadfast love in the morning, and Your faithfulness by night,
3to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.
4For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your work; at the works of Your hands I sing for joy.
5How great are Your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep!
6The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this:
7that though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever;
8but You, O Lord, are on high forever.
9For behold, Your enemies, O Lord, for behold, Your enemies shall perish; all evildoers shall be scattered.
10But You have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; You have poured over me fresh oil.
11My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.
12The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.
14They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green,
15to declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
Last night I was sitting in front of some stupid TV show where the two main characters were feeling sad and downhearted. Their solution to that negative feeling was to skip – you know, like a little kid. They proceeded to skip around the courtyard in front of their apartment. And, much to their surprise they began to feel better. Their moods improved. Their emotions followed their actions. You may be thinking I’ve completely lost it if I’m going to look to television for my inspiration but the point is well taken. How you behave affects your attitude.
The Psalm for today is one of pure praise and worship. It is even titled A Song for the Sabbath. The worshiper comes before God, setting aside the struggles of the week (or perhaps the day before) and focuses upon Almighty God, who is worthy of honor and praise. When I look to the Lord rather than at myself I see reason for joy and praise. My favorite verse (today) is 2. “. . . to declare Your steadfast love in the morning, and Your faithfulness by night.” There is never a moment where remembering the work of God isn’t appropriate. All day and all night He is worthy of praise.
So I’m going to skip. I’m going to begin to compile yet another list of reasons to praise Almighty God for He has done marvelous things. The world may fall apart around me, but that does not take away from the power, might, love, and grace of God. At the top of my list is always the work of salvation that Jesus did for me on the cross and the fact that His Spirit has taught me this truth to hold onto with all that I am. Behind that center point comes the many people God has placed around me who are precious in His sight and mine. That’s just the first two items on the list. It will grow throughout the day as He remains at the center. I'm skipping.