I was reading Psalm 92, a song of “God’s Love and Faithfulness” the other morning. It was the morning after the 4th of July celebrations in our neighborhood. I was tired. People were firing off all kinds of illegal mortars and fireworks from around 8 PM on the 4th to almost 3 AM on the 5th. To say I was grumpy would probably be an understatement.
Opening my Bible, I heard God speak to me to check out Psalm 92, which I did. It opens with those three words, “It is good …”
“It is good to praise Yahweh, to sing praise to Your name, Most High, to declare Your faithful love in the morning
and Your faithfulness at night, with a ten-stringed harp and the music of a lyre.” [vs 1-3 HCSB]
I was fussing a bit, maybe more than a bit. I was even being a little stubborn. I knew God wanted me to praise Him, to thank Him for His faithful love to me, but I was intent on bringing my complaints before Him instead. I even thought to remind Him that I did not have a ten-stringed harp or a lyre! He whispered quietly in my spirit, “no, but you have a voice.”
As I read Psalm 92 a second time and a third time, the Holy Spirit gave me joy. He reminded me of the work of God’s Hands in my life, and his profound thoughts towards me. [vss 5-6]
He reminded me that He has lifted me up and anointed me and that I have freedom from my enemies. [vss 10-11]
He said that because of all He has done for me and in me, I will thrive like a palm tree and grow like the cedars of Lebanon. I am planted in the house of the LORD and even in my old age I will still bear fruit. [vss 12-13]
Lastly, the Spirit of the LORD confirmed that no matter how old I get, I will still be able to declare that “The LORD is just; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” [vs 15]
I finally did stop complaining about the awful night and started rejoicing that morning in my LORD’s faithful love.