Joyful Instructions

November 28, 2020 – Saturday Afternoon

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth…” ~Psalm 105:1-5

Remember, seek, rejoice, glory (or boast), speak, sing, proclaim, call upon, and give thanks… Do these things define our lives?

It is important to note that here (like in many other places in Scripture) there is no expiration date or conditional statements; remembering, giving thanks, etc. are not activities that we participate in and then we’re done. No, each of these instructions are permanent commands that should perpetually mark the life of those who are in Christ Jesus. Another thing to note is that all of these instructions involve the decision to obey and/or respond.

Give thanks to the LORD – Everyone in every situation at all times.

Call upon the LORD’s name – Trust in Him alone, have confidence in Him alone, He alone is worthy.

Make known His deeds – Proclaim what He has done and what He has accomplished and what He is capable of.

Sing to Him – Singing is a deep expression of the heart; is He who my heart is set on?

Sing psalms/praises to Him – Not only is He who my heart is set on…is my heart set on His praise?

Talk of all His wondrous works – Be in awe of His works and speak of them!

Glory in His holy name – Boast in the Lord. Not in me, not in you, not in anything or anyone else. He is amazing!

Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD – Seeking the LORD will lead to rejoicing; He gives JOY!

Seek the LORD and His strength – Resort, inquire, consult, study, follow, etc. the LORD and His power, strength, and might.

Seek His face evermore – Desire, seek to find, seek to secure the presence, face, and possibly the favor of the LORD; Am I continually seeking Him?

Remember His wondrous works…His wonders…and the judgments of His mouth – How easy it is to forget! Remember, remind, and remember!

This is a convicting passage, especially when we take the time to break it down. Yet, how much more joy and thanksgiving would we have in our moment-by-moment, daily lives if we take Him at His Word? My brothers and sisters in Christ, let us set our minds and hearts on Him and find in Him exceedingly abundantly more than we could ever give Him the praise and the thanks for!