Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Old Testament: Deuteronomy 9:4-12
Psalms: Psalms 45
New Testament: Hebrews 3:1-11
Gospel: John 2:13-22
Evening Psalms: Psalms 47, 48


“Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.” (Psalm 47:1-2)
 I am watching my favorite football team. The quarterback throws the football, straight into the hands of the receiver! The receiver rushes past all of those linebackers, shaking off their attempted tackles, and runs into the end zone! I go wild – cheering, yelling, clapping. Those guys are awesome!

I love music. I get in my car, turn up the volume and sing and dance away! I don’t care if the person in the next car thinks I’m weird -- I’m loving the music! I think about the artists -- they are awesome!

I read Psalm 47, and it hits me. Here I am cheering and clapping for football players, dancing and singing for music and musicians. Why am I not doing those exact same things for God?

Maybe I need to be more like my Dad. There were times Dad was just embarrassing, and the last thing I ever wanted was to be like him. There was one thing that Dad did right, though. Dad would cheer, clap and yell. He would pump his fist toward the sky. He would sing out loud. Only, Dad didn’t do those things for football players, or for musicians. Dad did those things for God. Dad would make up and sing songs about how wonderful and amazing God is. He would praise God for everything. Dad, with no reservation at all, truly and totally loved God with his whole heart and whole being. If God has cheerleaders, Dad is the squad leader!

Yes, I need to be more like my Dad. I need to clap my hands and shout for the joy of God. I need to make up songs and sing out loud about how awesome God is. I need to love God without any doubt, or hesitancy, or reservation at all. I need to truly and totally love Him with my whole heart and whole being. I want to be God’s cheerleader, too!

Please God, remind us that we need no excuse to hold back our songs and praises for You. Drive us to fully embrace You in our hearts. Help us to be Your cheerleaders. Amen.

“Sing the praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King,
sing praises.” (Psalm 47:6)

EKC (2/24/15)

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