“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night” (Psalm 92:1-2).
The truth is that days are neither long nor short. They were 24 hours back in the beginning and they are 24 hours now. What if we lived a 24-hour day as a “microcosm” of a lifetime? My rising in the morning would be like my birth to a new life…and laying my head on my pillow at night like my death. If this day was all I had, how would I think about life? What would I do with my hours? When I read Psalm 92, I gain insight into a life well lived. Instead of getting up and crowding our thoughts with fear and stress, we should immediately turn our thoughts to God and say, “Lord, I thank You for another day…to walk with You and do Your will!” The life of faith is a constant discipline of turning our thoughts away from ourselves (and our natural self-centeredness) to the glory and majesty of the Lord. The Psalmist committed himself to “declare your steadfast love in the morning” (v. 2). Think about it…no matter what happens this day (and in this life), our hearts and minds are covered with the truth that we are loved and precious to our Lord! We are not alone and never forsaken! And, even though our heart should desire to constantly do right, we realize that absolute perfection of thoughts and motives eludes us. Our sinful nature, however, does not cancel the love of Jesus. He died for us, taking upon himself our sins, and then sending His Holy Spirit to give us victory over sin. His steadfast love is the source of true hope! Sometimes the days seem long, and we may doubt the Lord in the moment. But at the end of the day, we can declare as the Psalmist “your faithfulness by night!” As we look back, we gain a “faith perspective.” “Great is Thy Faithfulness” becomes our anthem as we sing, “All I have needed Thy hand hath provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.” Psalm 92 reveals the beauty of a well-lived life. In the morning we rise to give thanks, all day long we rely on His steadfast love, and in the evening we proclaim His never-ending faithfulness! Praise the Lord!
Pastor Mark Boucher