Reasons to sing when the wind is howling

Psalm 95

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
    and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    the flock under his care.

Here in these opening verses of Psalm 95, we come face-to-face with a whole raft of reasons to sing when the wind is howling:

  • V3 – Our God is a great God.
  • V3 – Our God is the King above all gods.
  • V4 – Our God is the creator of everything earthen.
  • V5 – Our God is the creator of everything oceanic.

However, the crescendo of this riff of praise is the best:

  • V7 – Our God is our God!
  • V7 – Our God has made us his people and we live under his good care.

 

Restore, revive, replenish…

There is wonderful prayer from Eugene Peterson, to pray at the start of today. It is based upon Psalm 126:6

“those that go out weeping,

bearing the seed for sowing,

shall come home with shouts of joy,

carrying their sheaves.”

 

Prayer: Let the rain of your Spirit fall on the dry soil of my heart, O God. Bring to blossom the seeds which have been dormant in my desert body. Restore, revive, replenish so that I may be a harvest field of “shouts of joy” for Jesus’ sake. Amen