We return to read Psalms again this week. They form a series of readings to encourage us in various aspects of our Christian lives. They range from encouragement to offer praise (Monday), to the practice of reflection and meditation, (Tuesday). Thursday’s reading comes as a reminder that praising God is a sacrificial act of our wills, and on Friday we look inside our own hearts to acknowledge that we approach God as forgiven sinners. In some cases, even the writers themselves encourage us to pause and reflect on what has been written. Do just that rather than rushing on through the reading.
v 1. There is a time for exuberant praise!
Come, everyone! Clap your hands! Shout to God with joyful praise!
For the Lord Most High is awesome. He is the great King of all the earth.
He subdues the nations before us, putting our enemies beneath our feet.
He chose the Promised Land as our inheritance,
the proud possession of Jacob’s descendants, whom he loves.
Pause to reflect
God has ascended with a mighty shout.
The Lord has ascended with trumpets blaring.
Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King over all the earth. Praise him with a psalm.
God reigns above the nations, sitting on his holy throne.
The rulers of the world have gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For all the kings of the earth belong to God. He is highly honoured everywhere.