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Melodies of Praise

Things do not always go your way. As a parent, I remember when my kids would be upset because they couldn’t have a snack before dinner. As you get older, you begin to develop a nasty habit—complaining. We complain about things not going our way. We complain about the traffic. We complain because the food isn’t up to par. We complain because the service is poor or because the wait is long. We complain because the neighbor cannot put his trash bins away. 

Words are powerful. The Bible says that words have the power to kill or give life (see Proverbs 18:21). The question to ask yourself daily is what are your words doing? Are your words building up or tearing down? Are your words speaking life or damaging others? Are your words honoring God? Are your words pointing to Jesus?

The Psalmist speaks of “melodies of praise” that “will make Him known.” A picture is painted here. Your words… your praise… it will make Him known. But what if these melodies of praise are instead complaining rants? What if you are using your words to point out another’s shortcomings or to complain about bad customers? What if you are using your social media to put down another, to share the evils of the world, to broadcast the bad? Surely if the melodies of praise are what makes Him known to others, the negative, the complaints… these things are not depicting victory. Check your words today. What words are on your lips? What are you making known?

“But I will proclaim the victory of the God of Jacob. My melodies of praise will make him known.” – Psalm 75:9 [TPT]

The Gratitude of Grace

Today’s verse speaks of who truly honors God – “whoever offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving” (NASB). The Message translation calls this living the “praising life.” The Bible says that we were created to glorify God (see Isaiah 43:7). Psalm 50:23 makes it clear that we are living out our purpose to glorify God when we live “in the gratitude of grace.” The real question is how well are we bringing God glory with our gratitude of grace? 

If we are honest about this question, if we are honest about the thanksgiving we have lived out today, it is likely the thankfulness is not very evident. We spend so much of our time thinking we have earned what we have, that we are entitled to certain things. We overlook our daily blessings because we do not spend time considering life without them. When something good comes our way, our initial response usually isn’t to thank God for provision, for blessings, for protection, etc. Though God is alive and active, and very much moving in the world today, we oftentimes allow God to be boxed up, whereas we only need interact or thank Him when we have a grand request. Everything is separate. Everything else we can handle in our own strength. 

Without our life lived in the gratitude of grace, our testimony of the Gospel is silenced. If we do not spend time praising Him, pointing to Him, honoring Him, etc., what does everyone see? When we aren’t pointing to God, our fingers are always pointing elsewhere—to ourselves, to others, etc. 

How can we truly live in the gratitude of grace? We can devote more time listing reasons we are thankful, spending each day trying to find more reasons God deserves all praise and glory. We can receive the Gospel daily to remind us of the free gift of God’s grace. We can pour out that freshly received grace to others as we go about our day. We can pause to breathe in God’s grace and meditate on His goodness. What are you thankful for today?

“The life that pleases me is a life lived in the gratitude of grace, always choosing to walk with me in what is right. This is the sacrifice I desire from you. If you do this, more of my salvation will unfold for you.” – Psalm 50:23 [TPT]

Be Known

In Psalm 67, the Psalmist writes, “May Your ways be known throughout the earth, Your saving power among people everywhere.” When we read this, it is highly likely that we would agree with the Psalmist. Of course, we would want God’s ways and His saving power to be known around the world.

But the desire for it is not the same thing as actively, intentionally aiming to make Him known. Agreeing that it is important for God’s ways and power to save to be known across the globe does not make Him known. I agree that exercise is important, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have to get outside and walk or lay down and do some crunches for the exercise to do something for me.

Today, consider how you are living this out. Do you want His ways to be known? Do you want God’s saving power to be known? If you do, then how do you point to Him? Does your life point to Him? How are you giving Him glory today? How do you point others to Him? If you want Him to be known, make Him known to those you encounter. Point to Him.

“May Your ways be known throughout the earth, Your saving power among people everywhere.” – Psalm 67:2 [NLT]

Goodness of God

The Bible says that we are “a chosen people,” and “royal priests.” It also says that we are “God’s very own possession.” But the verse continues. We read AS A RESULT. This means because we are a chosen people, there’s something that we should be doing. We are “God’s instruments to do His work and speak out for Him (MSG).

We are supposed to be telling people about the goodness of God. The ESV says, “Proclaim the excellencies.” The NET says, “Proclaim the virtues.” The NIV says, “Declare the praises.” Do you get the picture?

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, the result should be a shining light pointing others to the goodness of God. You should be praising the Lord. You should be pointing to God in everything you do. Today, consider if you are sharing the goodness of God. Be intentional to share His goodness. You may have come out of the darkness into His wonderful light, but there are others still in the darkness.

“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9 [NLT]

The Lord Allows

God selected Moses and Aaron for special roles in leading His people. He also set apart the whole community of Israel. They were God’s chosen people, His special people. In Numbers 16, we read about the rebellion of Korah. The people united against Moses and Aaron. They stood up and claimed two things. The first was true- that all of the people of Israel are set apart. The second part was about greatness. Korah asked why Moses and Aaron acted like they were greater than the rest of the LORD’s people.

We don’t read a bunch of text talking about Moses and Aaron having pride issues. But Korah took the faithfulness of these brothers and made it seem as if they were acting as if they were above the people. The truth was that God placed them in a position above them. Korah was also in a special position. Verse 9 speaks about how they had this great position that allowed them to be near the Lord. However, that wasn’t enough for them. Moses and Aaron had a larger role in their eyes. As a result, they incited a rebellion.

Moses and Aaron allowed the Lord to intercede. Moses understood that it was God Who selected those who enter the presence of the Lord. Moses was a mere man. He also spoke about his calling and recalled “all these things that I have done—for I have not done them on my own.” He pointed to God as the One. God was behind everything. God allowed everything. It was Korah who had “gone too far.” Today, remember that God places each person in a position. Wherever He places you, rejoice in that position. Be thankful that He wants to use you. May you be a faithful, humble servant of the Lord!

“They united against Moses and Aaron and said, ‘You have gone too far! The whole community of Israel has been set apart by the LORD, and He is with all of us. What right do you have to act as though you are greater than the rest of the LORD’s people?’ Then he said to Korah and his followers, ‘Tomorrow morning the LORD will show us who belongs to him and who is holy. The LORD will allow only those whom he selects to enter his own presence.” And Moses said, ‘This is how you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things that I have done–for I have not done them on my own.’”  – Numbers 16:3, 5, 28 [NLT]

Like a Cow

In Daniel 4, King Nebuchadnezzar was told he would “eat grass like a cow” if he did not repent and do the right thing (v. 32 NLT). He had twelve months to make the choice but instead he stood on the roof of the palace and overlooked what God had given him.

As the king “looked out across the city, he said, ‘Look at this great city of Babylon! By MY own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as MY royal residence to display MY majestic splendor.” Who gave him the position? Who gave him the city? Who gave him life? Who gave him food? Who? The king believed in his own strength. He acknowledged himself alone.

When you are overlooking your own life, is it a my, my, my world, or do you acknowledge the Lord? When you examine your own life are you pointing to Christ and boasting about the Lord (see 2 Corinthians 10), or are you claiming you are a self made success?

“As he looked out across the city, he said, ‘Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor.’” – Daniel 4:30 [NLT]

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