Pondering for Friday, September 27, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Friday of Proper 20 Year 1

AM Psalm 88; PM Psalm 91, 92 2 Kings 9:17-37; 1 Cor. 7:1-9; Matt. 6:7-15

Psalm 92:1 – 4

1 It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, *
and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High;

2 To tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning *
and of your faithfulness in the night season;

3 On the psaltery, and on the lyre, *
and to the melody of the harp.

4 For you have made me glad by your acts, O Lord; *
and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands.

I really like these opening words of Psalm 92.  This opening helps me express my own thankfulness to God all day long.  I don’t know how many times during the day I say, “Thank You Jesus.” 

I like to point out to friends how God is behind all the good that happens to us. We only get into trouble when we try to take on our own destiny. There is so much truth in the saying, “Let go, and let God.”  I pray for others regularly.  Sometimes it’s just a voice on the phone, sometimes it’s a friend of a friend.  But the word I leave with all of them is that God is Good, all the time.

Also, as verse three recommends, I often express my joy and thanksgiving for God on my guitar, or key board. I recommend singing to everybody.  The quality of your voice is not important. Just sing to the Lord and express your joy for all the good that God is doing for you.  Even if people around you are acting badly, God is still good.  Be able to separate the two.  Don’t let what people do to upset you get mixed up with the good in your life that God is doing. There is a clear difference.

Just be happy about the good in your life and give thanks to God for the loving works that God is doing for you. Thank You Jesus!

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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