Are You Thrilled?

My favorite church service of the year is coming up. It is such an encouraging time together. We gather together to share what God has done, is doing, and will do in our lives. Let me share Psalm 92 to get the thankfulness flowing.

A psalm A song to be sung on the Sabbath Day.

It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High.

It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, accompanied by the harp and lute and the melody of the lyre.

You thrill me, LORD, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done.” (vv. 1-4 NLT)

Matthew Henry writes this about Psalm 92: “It is a privilege that we are admitted to praise the Lord, and hope to be accepted in the morning, and every night; not only on sabbath days, but every day; not only in public, but in private, and in our families. Let us give thanks every morning for the mercies of the night, and every night for the mercies of the day; going out, and coming in, let us bless God.”

Are there times when you don’t recognize God’s blessing and mercy? How about when you recognize it but it still doesn’t grip you, not for long anyway. That happens to me and it frustrates me. “God, you just knocked my socks off, and I’m still not full of joy!” Those are the times I need to really look at my heart. What’s in the way? Is there something I need to turn over to Him? Where else do I need to give thanks?

I sometimes think that our Combined Thanksgiving Service isn’t long enough.

If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them. (Psalm 40:5b NLT)

I guess I’m right. And thrilled.

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Mmmm. Can you smell Thanksgiving dinner yet? Can you hear the doorbell ringing, announcing the arrival of your family who traveled through busy airports and highways to be with you on this wonderful holiday? You can barely hear the football game over the din of the excited voices exclaiming how big so-and-so is getting, long hugs, “Oh my, you look great!”, the cluttering of baggage in the entry way.

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Are You Green?

“It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green.” – Kermit the Frog

It’s not that easy bein’ green;
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold-
or something much more colorful like that.

One of my favorite childhood characters sings this song about being ordinary, not flashy, but being happy with who you are. Being content with the way you were made. How many times have you wished that you could be taller, shorter, better at sports, better at love. It’s easy to compare yourself with others around you and find yourself “green with envy” instead. Continue reading