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Part of the FBCS 2010 Read Through the Bible Project: Enter the Story. Join the Song.

It is Good to Join the Song!

1 John 5    Ezra 3-4    Psalm 92

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord” (Psalm 92:1). Jeshua and Zerubbabel certainly knew and believed this, as is witnessed by their choice to first “set up the altar on its foundation” and begin offering “morning and evening” sacrifices to God (Ezra 3:3). Morning and evening. In the presence of their enemies. And the psalm writer informs us as to the purpose of these times: “to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night” (v.2). I wonder . . . how do our daily routines compare? We who to whom God has given so much . . . Do we know and believe that it is good to give thanks to the Lord?

“God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” (1 John 5:11). Steadfast love and faithfulness, indeed. In Jesus Christ we are so completely and amazingly blessed! Life and love . . . faith and victory . . . the promise that “if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14). And it is all true and real and at work. Even in the presence of opposition, challenge, and frustrated plans (see Ezra). But see this in the readings of the day: it requires — we require — intentionality and focus to remember and give thanks. It takes building the altar first. And daily attention. And the discipline of beginning and ending each day, morning and evening, declaring God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. It is good to give thanks to the Lord . . .

“To sing praise to your name, O Most High” (Psalm 92:1).  Singing is a good way to give thanks to God. Hear it in the song we know as Psalm 92; see it as the people of God celebrate the laying of the temple’s foundation with trumpets and song (Ezra 3:10-11). We know, of course, the power of the song. Just consider how a song heard or sung can linger in our hearts and minds through the day . . . And consider, also, how wise it is to choose the song. Intentionally. As we enter each day and, again, as it comes to a close . . . The testimony is clear: Morning and evening, it is good to join the song of thanksgiving!

“And they sang responsively,
praising and giving thanks to the Lord,
‘For he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever. . .'”
— Ezra 3:11

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