By REV. LOU TISCIONE
“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning and your faithfulness by night.”
“It is good to give thanks to the LORD …”
What a radical thought! It is indeed a good thing to thank God. This verse is one of the extreme understatements in the Scriptures. Yet, even though it is generally affirmed, I believe that it is rarely understood so that it can be acted upon. Oh, we say prayers of thanksgiving for various things, but to look to God and know that He is the giver of everything is rare. James wrote,
“Every good and every perfect gift is from above …” (James 1:17a)
The superscription for Psalm 92 declares it to be a “Song for the Sabbath.” The Sabbath was the day set apart to God. The New Testament believers set the first day of the week apart to the Lord Jesus because He was raised from the dead on the first day of the week. The Sabbath was and continues to be an act of commitment by those who profess faith declaring that everything is about and for God not man.
The Psalm is often used on the Lord’s day precisely because it directs all attention to the LORD as is appropriate for Sunday worship.
The hard teaching of Psalm 92 is that everything is for God. It was a humbling realization that I was not the center of life. This principle is not only humbling for individuals but it compels all mankind to submit to our Creator. Life is not about us. All life, all that God created is about Him. “All things were created through Him and for Him,” (Colossians 1:16b). Jesus is the subject of Colossians 1:16. Jesus is the focus of everything.