March 16

Psalm 63

“Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name.” vss. 3-4

Almost a half century ago, back before amplifiers replaced acoustic guitars, folks in evangelical congregations regularly heard the song “Thy Loving Kindness” and loved its catchy harmonies. “Thy Lovingkindness is better than life, Thy Lovingkindness is better than life. My lips shall praise thee, thus will I bless thee, I will lift up my hands unto thy name.” The words come from this psalm and reflect the ageless feeling of gratitude we feel in the presence of the Lord. It’s not that the psalmist was a Pollyanna type, one who never had a bad day. He reports that he often felt spiritually barren, like one lost in desert without a drop of water to be found. But there were times, perhaps in the temple, when the love of God overwhelmed him and he burst out with songs of praise and thanks. Some of us know what that is like. Occasionally the presence of a lover evokes such a feeling, sometimes it’s the company of saints in a worship service at our favorite church, or maybe it’s a moment of solitude on a frenzied day. God knows we need such interludes, especially at a time like this when the world seems to be teetering on the brink of disaster. The joyful thoughts are an oasis in the wilderness–and at least for a few minutes we are lifted up!

Thought for the Day: What’s my favorite praise song?

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