Blessings to you, today, friends! As a new day comes, remember that the Lord has promised joy would come “in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). The phrase “in the morning” really means “with the breaking forth of light”. Remember, God is light, and in Him, there is no darkness. You stay in Him, close to the light, and the glorious light of His presence will dispel the darkness that tries to encroach the territories rightly given to you by the Lord! He can be trusted! This is why we worship! We don’t worship because “life” is good, we praise the Lord because He is good!
Ethan the Ezrahite, a Levite serving in worship under King David, wrote Psalm 89 and he started with this: “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; with my mouth I will make known Your faithfulness to all generations. For I have said, ‘Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness shall be established in the heavens.‘” Ethan, as a servant of David, understood this critical component of praising the Lord: The mouth. Remember that Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34) This is absolutely true when it comes to the “heart” of worship. Praise cannot be contained within your heart. You can have a heart of praise and worship, but you’re not actually expressing that to the Lord and to other people, you’re missing the point and your good intentions are never carried out.
You can have a heart of praise and worship, but you’re not actually expressing that to the Lord and to other people, you’re missing the point and your good intentions are never carried out.
Praise and worship are instruments of these two things: gratitude and testimony. If you are grateful to the Lord for who He is and what He has done for you, you praise Him. When gratitude (which is the point of origin for all praise) is in your heart, the mouth “speaks” its testimony, especially in worship. When you sing and shout your praise about God’s goodness, His mercy, His love, His salvation and everything else, you are testifying to the world that He is the same for them as well- and faith is grown in the hearts of all who hear! (Psalm 40:3). Was everything perfect for Ethan? No! Read Psalm 89 today and see his joy and triumph, his very real struggles and his difficult questions, but notice this: Ethan the Ezrahite, a man with a heart for worship, ended his Psalm with blessing the Lord. Why? Because nothing bad can ever change God’s goodness. Ethan wrote, “With my mouth I will make known Your faithfulness to all generations….” and – in good times and in bad – he opened his mouth and worshipped the Lord! It’s the secret to victory!
Thought for today
“Blessed are the people who know the joyful shout. They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your presence,” wrote Ethan the Ezrahite. “He shall cry unto Me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'” There is something powerful contained in the “joyful shout” for those who are willing to open their mouths and let it out, or even force it out if necessary! These are the people who walk in the light of His presence. These are the people who experience darkness during their human journey on earth, but don’t allow the darkness to overtake them. That is not something you can achieve in your human power. Light – the kind of light that dispels spiritual darkness – is a supernatural experience that is only ushered in through the presence of God, who is light. Remember, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5) That is Jesus Christ! Today, with your mouth “make known” – to yourself, to Satan and to those around you – His faithfulness. Let praise flow from your lips. Don’t wait to “feel” it – just do it! Sing a song to the Lord and no matter what questions you have, or struggles you face, begin and end your day with blessing the Lord!