June 6: Inspired Worship

ead Psalm 92:1-15

Many of us experience the realities of the first four verses of this psalm. Every Sunday, in three different venues at Grace Church we unite our hearts and voices in giving thanks to the Lord. With gladness and joy, we declare God’s love and faithfulness. Although the band doesn’t include a ten-stringed lute, a harp, or a lyre, instruments accompany us in the resounding music that exalts the Most High God.

But the latter portion of this psalm is not something that we tend to highlight in worship. I am not suggesting that we have been negligent in failing to do so. These verses do, however, remind us of still other reasons to lift God up. In short, the psalmist praises God for punishing the wicked and for blessing the upright.

Is it right to be thankful that God punishes the wicked? There is a theological tension, isn’t there? The New Testament tells us to love and pray for those who persecute us (Matt. 5:44). We are to bless our enemies (Rom. 5:14). We should yearn for their salvation (Phil. 1:12-20). At the same time, we must recognize that God is just. He does not leave the guilty unpunished (Ex. 34:7) and brings vengeance on those who do wrong (Rom. 12:19). We worship a just God. Sometimes, as with the psalmist, our longing for His justice is very real and personal (Ps. 92:11).

Meanwhile, the author is clear in pointing out that the righteous flourish (v. 12). There are two important cautions that we must keep in mind when we read those words. First, we must remember that our righteousness is not a product of our performance (Eph. 2:8, 9). Instead, rightstanding with God is ascribed to us as a result of His grace as we place faith in the finished work of Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). The second caution comes as we remind ourselves that “flourishing” should not be measured by a snapshot of life. At any point in time, we may suffer and struggle. And yet, the final outcome is one of eternal blessing.

Indeed, these are truths that inspire us to worship a great God!

sbk

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1 Response to June 6: Inspired Worship

  1. Amber Buchwalter says:

    Some of my thoughts after reading this:
    1- Focus on the end result- Heaven, always!
    2- Get back up even when I fail and don’t beat myself up when I feel like I didn’t do something good enough.
    3- Grace Grace Grace- to myself and to others.
    4- Righteousness is not about me doing anything good…Praise God!
    5- Continue to use Holy Spirit to be a filter for all my thoughts and words to others.
    6- I am nothing without Jesus, but With Him, I am righteous!
    I feel like these are random thoughts- and they are, so ‘m sorry for not having an organized post here.
    7- I know that my behavior needs to please God when I model His characteristic, but more importantly, my reactions to others also need to model His love and forgiveness-so He is honored and Glorified. (especially in giving grace (aka second, third, and fourth chances) towards those who dish out hurt or nurse bitterness for something they have allowed to fester against me that I’m not even aware of). I’m fully aware of the mistakes I’ve made, but I rest in God’s forgiveness and Praise Him for that!
    8- I will let go of toxic thoughts and guilt associated with others not reacting to my efforts. I am not responsible for their actions or choices, but only mine.
    9- Do what scripture says- not what I feel like doing. I desire to love people no matter what they say or do to me, because it really doesn’t matter much in this life.
    10- Prominse: God has my back as long as I base my every word and action on Him. It’s very freeing on my emotional state to do this, wish I could have learned this a long time ago.
    Happy in Jesus today despite feeling a little under the weather.
    Thank you so much for a beautiful evening last night!
    Made some new friends and felt a common unity with the women there.

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