Today's psalmist offers praise to God for God's goodness to Israel. As you read these words, what words would you affirm? Are there words you shy away from?
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful. Let Israel be glad in its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre. For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with victory. Let the faithful exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their couches. Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands, to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples .. to execute on them the judgment decreed. This is glory for all his faithful ones. Praise the Lord! (Ps. 149)
For me, some of the words of vengeance are a bit strong; however, I don't live in a time and a place where my small nation is being overrun by a powerful empire and our people killed and taken away to live in exile. Yet I love those words. "The Lord takes pleasure in his people...." Do you think of God taking pleasure in you??? Think about that today and give thanks to God for his goodness.
Prayer: God, we come to you today praising and rejoicing in you. Thank you that you take delight in me - and in all your creation. Keep me humble, so that I may be one who is crowned with your salvation. Help me to keep my eyes on Jesus Christ, so that I may be led in my journey to become like him. I pray for cheerfulness and a generous heart, that I may bring joy to all whom I meet. Amen.