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Wednesday, March 4

Psalm 147:1-11 (NRSV)
Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
    for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted,
    and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
    he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
    his understanding is beyond measure.
The Lord lifts up the downtrodden;
    he casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
    make melody to our God on the lyre.
He covers the heavens with clouds,
    prepares rain for the earth,
    makes grass grow on the hills.
He gives to the animals their food,
    and to the young ravens when they cry.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
    in those who hope in his steadfast love.

Devotion

I think this psalm perfectly goes along with the theme of Sunday Morning, Monday Morning because of what it is reminding God’s people. This psalm praises the Lord joyfully and reminds us of all the things he is capable of.  For example, in verse 3 it mentions that He “heals the brokenhearted.” There are many more praises in the psalm, but in verse 7, it reminds us to “Sing to the Lord.”

Every Sunday in church, we praise the Lord by singing hymns. However, when we get home from church and start our week, it is easy to get caught up in daily life and it is harder for us to sing his praises. I encourage you to not hesitate to sing to God every day of the week. I have a Christian music playlist on my phone that I like to call my “Jesus Jams.” Occasionally throughout the week, I listen to it and sing along to feel His presence. That is one way I praise God during the week even amongst my busy schedule.

But singing God’s praises doesn’t have to mean actually singing. I think that it could also mean doing good deeds throughout the week. By being kind to everyone, listening to others’ opinions, picking up litter off the ground, or even just smiling at someone you don’t know, we are singing praises to the Lord. In the Bible God teaches us to be good people, and by doing good in our world after Sunday morning, we are glorifying Him throughout the week.

Prayer

Gracious God, thank you for teaching us to sing your praises.  Thank you for guiding us every day. Please help us to remember to sing your praises throughout the week, even if we don’t actually sing. Help us to glorify you not just on Sunday morning, but also on Monday morning. As we continue this week, remind us to do good deeds and sing your word to praise you. In your holy name, Amen.

Emma Staeger