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. (ESV)
~ Psalm 92:1-2
Is there a line in Psalm 92 that jumps off the page at you? Which phrase speaks to you most?
- Giving thanks,
- singing praise,
- declaring God’s love in the morning
- or declaring his faithfulness at night?
All are important! Each of us has ways we tend to worship Jesus—times, rhythms, and seasons that make sense for our family. I think God created us uniquely this way.
If you read last week’s post, you remember that I shared a little about my childhood. I went on a mission trip when I was in jr. high, where I was required to have a daily quiet time with God: every…single…morning—even before the sun began to shine!
What started because of a rule, became a habit for me. And that habit changed from an obligation to a delight!
I kept that early morning quiet time all throughout high school. Jesus spoke to me through His Word and kept me close to Him. I had come to LOVE and crave this special morning time with Jesus.
Sleepless nights, diaper changes, crying, doing dishes—so many dishes! Instead of morning time with the Lord, my eyelids would droop before I finished reading a sentence of His Word. I just couldn’t do it anymore. It became a chore again. So, I learned other ways to connect with Him. Sure, I declared His steadfast love in the morning…but I also declared it over and over throughout the day. I was desperate for Jesus.
As my kids grew older, that last part of the verse reminded me of something important. I could declare God’s faithfulness at night too! So, every single night, almost without fail, I would tuck my toddlers into bed. I would pray with them, sit with them, and tell them stories of God’s faithfulness. Even if it was in the small things, like helping me get all those dishes done!
This time looks different today, but it’s a habit that was established that has brought great delight! My middle school kids still ask me to pray with them every night. Those rhythms established when they were little are making a difference as they grow. I know this will change one day, and I’m grateful that the Lord is faithful to us in every season of life.
Here’s my point. God is not rigid with us. He isn’t bound by time. It is good to give thanks to the Lord. To sing His praises, to declare His steadfast love and faithfulness. Any time, all the time, it is good. It is a delight. It is our privilege. And the Lord is faithful to meet us there.
Read all of Psalm 92, or listen to it being read to you on the Bible app (by life.church) or here:
- What works for your family in this season? (ScriptSub has been huge for us personally! We actually do it together in the morning at breakfast or in the car on the way to school!)
- Is there a small habit of praise or thanksgiving that could be established in your family’s routine? Or is there something that isn’t working any more that needs to be released?
If you want to memorize this Scripture – try singing these songs with your kids!
Guest Author and FLC Team Member
Holly and her husband Rob have just moved back to her hometown in California, after living for 4 years in Germany. While there, she met people from all over the world. While she loved her travels, she is happy to be home, doing familiar things again like taking her son to soccer and her daughter to volleyball. Holly contributes to our monthly ScriptSub and has known Erika and Becky since their college days in Chicago. She is joining us for the next three weeks of devotionals.