by Pastor Mark Fisher
August 29, 2017
Psalm 92:1-2 NIV
It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night...
Two practical and yet important times of praise are morning and evening. The first being as you rise up in the morning, the other as you settle down for the evening; the morning being a time of devotion and dedication and the evening being a time of rest and reflection. In between the morning and evening may we proclaim His love for us today by thanking Him for the many blessings that we have. Because of His love we are blessed beyond human measure, forgiven, sealed with the Holy Spirit, and being changed by this love.
Throughout the day consider His gifts around you and praise Him for this love!
In the evening thank Him for His faithfulness that He has shown to you this day. Remember, it is His faithfulness that keeps you from falling into the traps of this world.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37–39 NKJV
It is by this faithful love of the Most High that we live out all of our days on this earth… O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. Psalm 130:5-7 ESV
Psalm 143:8-10 NKJV
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You. Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies; in You I take shelter. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.
What absolute dependence and need! The psalmist pleads with His God to wake him up to His lovingkindness in the morning and to make him know the way he should live as he gives himself to His God. But he doesn’t stop there; he prays to be delivered from his enemies, to be taught in God’s ways and to be lead onto level ground (ESV interpretation); away from the traps and dangers of the enemies.
We are not surprised that this is a psalm of King David the shepherd. He knows that he has the characteristics of a sheep as we all do, and that he is in desperate need of a strong, loving, caring and kind shepherd. And he knows that it is his God!
We are no better than Israel’s great king and psalmist! That is why David’s needy prayer should be ours also. And remember the faithful words of our Great Shepherd Jesus, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” John 10:27-30 NKJV
Your Great Shepherd knows you! He has given you an eternal salvation! He has given you an eternal Security! Not only is He leading you, He has you in His hand and His Father’s hand and they will carry you today and through eternity!
Can you count upon the Lord to faithfully keep you and lead you today? I surely think so!