Thursday, July 21, 2016


"Oh give thanks to the Lord,
call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the people.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him.
Speak of all His wonders.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually."
(verses 1-3)

"Out of the mouths of infants and babes Thou hast ordained praise."

What if we truly take these words as commands?

Give thanks.
Call on His name.
Make known His deeds.
Speak of His wonders.
Glory in His name.
Let your heart be glad.
Seek the Lord, His strength.
Seek His face continually.

"Make known His deeds that others may join with you in praising Him.  Talk of all His wondrous works as we talk of things that we are full of. We should talk of then as we sit in the house and as we go by the way.  (Deut. 6:7)  Sing psalms to God's honor, as those that rejoice in Him and desire to testify that joy and to transmit it to posterity, as memorable things anciently were handed down  by songs, when writing was scarce." (Matthew Henry)

Back in the day, we had a tape player and we'd put in the same cassette every morning as we got the kids off to school, feeding them a big breakfast and helping them pack their lunches.  Well, actually by the time poor Laura was in kindergarten, this mom was so sick of making lunches and hearing complaints that the kids were on their own, even a five year old, thanks to her older siblings which had driven me to this point. I compensated by making bacon and eggs almost every morning.  We were helped along to be cheerful by listening to the same tunes every morning by a group called Acapella, with songs "Sing His praise," and "Fellowshipping with one another..."  The only problem is that my brother-in-law had moved in and was making the transition from being a bar tender to his new life living with us in the parsonage.  The music about drove him nuts that early in the morning.  Umm, did we turn it up a little so he could hear it?  I couldn't say.  Yeah, we made known his deeds at 7:00 a.m. seven days a week. 

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