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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Singing Sharpens Your Focus (Psalm 95:1; 96:1-2)

 "Come let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation."

"Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day."

Watching political leaders (and some "spiritual" leaders) seemingly get away with unrighteousness frustrates me. When I focus on their behavior I lose my joy and anger stalks my every activity. I can't sing when I am angry.

Trust in man leads to disappointment. Why? No man is a Rock like our God! No man offers complete stability, endurance, and strength all of the time. The Psalmist understood the source of salvation and rejoiced in the Rock who is Strength and Stability. All of the time. No matter what.

Psalm 96 and 98 begin with an urgent plea to "sing to the LORD" and end with the hopeful declaration of the LORD's coming to judge righteously, "For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the the world with righteousness and the peoples with His truth."

Beginning each day with singing to the LORD and ending the day with the reminder that God will one day rectify all wrongs prepares me to live a life of joy in the midst of a world crying out for justice. How I begin and end my day is my choice. Sing to the LORD. Or live mad.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Daniel 11:36-12:13
  • How is the king/little horn of the 4th beast described? What is the source of his power (Revelation 13:2)? What will happen to him eventually?
  • What will happen to those whose bodies have turned to dust?
  • What question does one of the two watchers ask the man clothed in linen and what is his answer?
  • How are those who wait for the end described?
Psalm 93
  • Describe the king and the extent of His reign.
Psalm 94
  • How is God described in this Psalm?
  • Who does He judge and why?
  • How does the Lord use the wickedness of the wicked? What does this tell you about God?
  • How do the righteous view God?
Psalm 95
  • What is the extent of the King's reign?
  • What is the people's response to the King's reign?
  • What warning is given in this Psalm?
  • What arouses the anger of God?
  • What happens to those who go astray because they refuse to listen to God?
Psalm 96
  • How is God described in this Psalm?
  • How do the people respond to the majesty of God?
  • Why will the trees cry out?
Turning truth into prayer
Thank the Lord that He is King and that He reigns as Judge of all the earth. Pray about the people and situations that make you angry until you find a song bubbling up in your heart.