Instruments of Praise

Instruments of Praise

Psalm 92 is great material for a church music director to “strongly encourage” a musician to participate with in their worship service. “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.” Who can say “no” to that?

Obviously I’m being facetious. I know the purpose  God placed this passage in the Bible was not to strong arm an unwilling participant. We know God loves to be praised. He covets our praises. Although these praises can be in many non-musical forms we see there’s a call to praise God with a musical instrument (vs 1-4). We also see how we’re supposed to praise God with our musical instrument- with a solemn (melodious) sound, with a thankful spirit  and a triumphant attitude.

Most who are reading this devotional may be thinking, “Phew! I don’t play an instrument so I’m off the hook for today’s lesson.” Sorry, there’s something here for everyone. Verse 1 also indicates singing ought to be done melodiously, thankfully and triumphantly. When we sing or play congregational music, we need to have these qualities. Give it your all! Sing it like it’s current in your life. What has God done in your life that makes you sing praises to Him?

Verses 4-5 state, “For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.” Think deeply about God’s work in your life while worshiping and praising God. And, if you play an instrument, consider playing it for His glory. Either way consider being an instrument of praise.

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