Verses 1-2 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
Today we step into another aspect of Sabbath keeping – embracing. We are going to be learning about embracing Sabbath keeping so that we can receive what God meant for us to get from this day of rest and ceasing.
Properly observed the Sabbath sets us free to embrace praising the Lord in the ordinary circumstances of our lives. It is so easy to let our lives become so mundane, just going through the motions. One of the blessings that God has built into the Sabbath is the break of routine. This is the blessing that may make Sabbath keeping most difficult. We may not even realize that we find it hard to break the routine.
This Psalm was written specifically for the Sabbath. This was a song for the Israelites to sing on this special day set aside for rest and abiding in God’s presence. As we work our way through this song during this week let’s be intentional in seeking out what He wants us to embrace about the Sabbath.
The first thing we see is that it is a good thing to praise the Lord. This shouldn’t surprise us as when asked the majority of people would list the singing portion of the Sunday service as their favorite. We find joy in singing familiar songs of worship with those we are comfortable sitting near. Did you notice though that both of those reasons are about us? This Psalm starts off pointing us to the purpose of our praise on Sabbath – God and His faithfulness.
God calls us apart to embrace praising Him not just on Sunday but in every portion of our week. Praising Him for who He is brings our focus back to center and is such an important kick-start to our week if we truly focus on Him in praise. That is why we need to focus while we praise. We need to stop being people of empty praise, just singing the words because they are what is on the screen or in the hymnbook. We need to embrace bringing glory to His name. We need to start being intentional about what we are saying to and about Him. What do our thoughts as we sing praise say about how we think of Him?
Making It Personal
Where is your heart and mind as you sing on Sunday morning? What could help your focus be more on the object of your praise? What has God done that you can praise Him for right now?
Making It Personal Kids
What do you think praise is? How do you praise God? What do you praise God for?
Father, we do praise You. During this week as we learn how to embrace the Sabbath as a way of praising You, give us a greater passion for praising You, not just on Sunday but on every day of the week. In Jesus’ name, amen.