[box] “Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.” Psalm 33:1 NIV[/box]
So your alarm clock goes off. It feels like the middle of the night. But your pastor challenged you to start your day with joyful praise. Before saying anything else, (“Honey, you stole the sheets!”) you want to say, “Good morning, Jesus!”
At least you thought you wanted to say it (the night before); but now that you’ve finally pried open your eyes, (and yawned so loud that you woke up your husband beneath all those sheets), you think, “who’s really that cheery first thing in the morning, anyway?”
“Ok, ok, I’ll do it, I’ll do it,” you say. So with teeth clenched like a ventriloquist, you finally squeeze it out: “Goooood mooorrrning, Jesus!” Then under your breath… “Happy now?” and you roll over and go back to sleep.
In Psalm 33 I almost hear a parent talking to a child. “Eat your vegetables, Honey. They’re really good for you.” “Be joyful for Jesus… It’s appropriate for the upright to praise Him…”
And where the NIV says “upright,” the New Living says “pure;” so if you’re still sprawled in bed, you can’t say, “Ha, I’m not upright, so this doesn’t apply to me, phew.”
You are pure because God has made you pure! It’s time to celebrate the One who did this amazing cleanup job. So it’s like “Phew, I no longer smell like a skunk! Goooood morning, Pure-Me Maker!”
Knowing who we are yanks us from doldrums so we’re singing with the happy drums.
Have you talked to your soul and told it to sing with Jesus-joy today? (And before you think I’m weird, remember, even our good friend David talked to his soul.)
[box] “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 43:5 NIV[/box]
Our souls are forgetful little buzzards and they need a good poke every now and again.
Oh, and before you go poke someone else’s soul, poke yours first, ok?
So give it up for the Big Guy and go have a joy-filled, merry-making, praise-raising day!
[box] “All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” I John 3:3 NIV[/box]
What are you thankful for today? How about making a chorus of praise in the comment section below. By the way, I’m thankful for YOU! And thanks to my hubby for granting me permission to post this lovely picture of him this morning. You can steal my covers any time! xo