When we gather as a church on Sunday, it is easy for us to lift our hands, sing out loud, and praise God publicly. But what about the other six days of the week when we are out in the world? Our praise to the King should not just be a one-day event, but a lifestyle, according to today’s reading in Psalm 96.
“Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Sing to the Lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.” (Psalms 96:1-2 NLT)
According to the psalmist, God is worthy of us proclaiming His good news “each day”! If we only celebrated our salvation through Jesus Christ on Sundays, we would have very little impact for Jesus in this world. We should look for opportunities every day to communicate the gospel.
“Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.” (Psalms 96:3 NLT)
One practical way that the psalmist tells us we can share His good news is to share with others things that God is currently doing in our lives. Whether we stop to recognize it and give Him thanks for it, He is always doing something new and wonderful in our lives. There is nothing more powerful for other peope to witness than our own personal, every day experience of God’s goodness.
“Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his courts. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him.” (Psalms 96:8-9 NLT)
Here, the psalmist reminds us that praising God isn’t just a good idea, it’s a command. God is worthy of us giving Him glory, sacrifices, and worship. It often takes much time and effort on our part to give Him His due honor, but considering who He is and the sacrifice He made for us to be forgiven for our sins, He is worth the sacrifice of our praise.
Living for Jesus is a commitment that takes a lot of work if we are to do it in His will. Often times, we as Christians shelve our Bibles and our spiritual lives six days out of the week when God calls us to offer our “bodies as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1) every day. Let us be Christians who stand out in our praise toward Him and our proclamation about Him at every opportunity.
What does your daily routine with Jesus look like? Do you take time every day to stop and praise God for all of His goodness to you? What can you praise Him for and offer to Him today?
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