365 Devotionals: Songs of Praise
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP
The Seeds of Promise Devotional Series
He Loves Us. He Loves Us More.
I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30 AMP
Song of The Day
Watch and listen to “How He Loves” by the David Crowder Band.
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Here is a list of key people found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
David. A young shepherd who gains fame first as a musician and later by killing the enemy champion Goliath.
Today’s Devotional Reading: Psalm 67 – 71
From Matthew Henry’s Commentary
This psalm relates to the church and is calculated for the public. Here is, I. A prayer for the prosperity of the church of Israel, Ps. 67:1. II. A prayer for the conversion of the Gentiles and the bringing of them into the church, Ps. 67:2-5. III. A prospect of happy and glorious times when God shall do this, Ps. 67:6, 7. Thus was the psalmist carried out by the spirit of prophecy to foretel the glorious estate of the Christian church, in which Jews and Gentiles should unite in one flock, the beginning of which blessed work ought to be the matter of our joy and praise, and the completing of it of our prayer and hope, in singing this psalm… (Chapter 67).
He begins with prayer, both against God’s enemies (Ps. 68:1, 2) and for his people, Ps. 68:3. II. He proceeds to praise, which takes up the rest of the psalm, calling upon all to praise God (Ps. 68:4, 26, 32) and suggesting many things as matter for praise. 1. The greatness and goodness of God, Ps. 68:4-6. 2. The wonderful works God had wrought for his people formerly, bringing them through the wilderness (Ps. 68:7, 8), settling them in Canaan (Ps. 68:9, 10), giving them victory over their enemies (Ps. 68:11, 12), and delivering them out of the hands of their oppressors, Ps. 68:13, 14. 3. The special presence of God in his church, Ps. 68:15-17. 4. The ascension of Christ (Ps. 68:18) and the salvation of his people by him, Ps. 68:19, 20. 5. The victories which Christ would obtain over his enemies, and the favours he would bestow upon his church, Ps. 68:21-28. 6. The enlargement of the church by the accession of the Gentiles to it, Ps. 68:29-31. And so he concludes the psalm with an awful acknowledgment of the glory and grace of God, Ps. 68:32-35. With all these great things we should endeavour to be duly affected in singing this psalm… (Chapter 68).
David penned this psalm when he was in affliction; and in it, I. He complains of the great distress and trouble he was in and earnestly begs of God to relieve and succour him, Ps. 69:1-21. II. He imprecates the judgments of God upon his persecutors, Ps. 69:22-29. III. He concludes with the voice of joy and praise, in an assurance that God would help and succour him, and would do well for the church, Ps. 69:30-36… (Chapter 69).
This psalm is adapted to a state of affliction; it is copied almost word for word from the fortieth, and, some think for that reason, is entitled, “a psalm to bring to remembrance;” for it may be of use sometimes to pray over the prayers we have formerly made to God upon similar occasions, which may be done with new affections. David here prays that God would send, I. Help to himself, Ps. 70:1, 5. II. Shame to his enemies, Ps. 70:2, 3. III. Joy to his friends, Ps. 70:4. These five verses were the Ps. 40:13-17; 70:1-5 He seems to have intended this short prayer to be both for himself and us a salve for every sore, and therefore to be always in mind; and in singing we may apply it to our particular troubles, whatever they are… (Chapter 70).
…But he is not over-particular in representing his case, because he intended it for the general use of God’s people in their afflictions, especially those they meet with in their declining years; for this psalm, above any other, is fitted for the use of the old disciples of Jesus Christ (Chapter 71).
The joy of knowing the Lord is understanding how much He loves us. If it does not make you feel like signing, perhaps you have not thought about it enough. We do not need to pull petals. We can enjoy the beauty of a whole flower, knowing that Jesus loves us without a doubt. It is amazing how the world is searching for a love story. But, the greatest story of love ever told is the true story of how Christ endured the cross, despising the shame; and laid down His own life for you and I – because God so loved the world (John 3:16).
He loved us before we loved Him. He loved us more than riches and honor and the whole world. All this was offered to Jesus and indeed was already His inheritance, but He was still obedient to the cross. Christ loved us more than His own life. He submitted to the vision (that God had to restore humanity to himself) – it was love on a mission.
He loved us when we were not worthy. I certainly was not worthy that Christ should die on a cross for me. Yet, He thought that I was worth saving. He thought that you were worth saving. Before we lived, Jesus paid the price for our sins. He paid it all. He paid it forward.
And what does the Lord want for all of His love toward us? He wants us to do what we were created to do – praise Him. But praise is more than music. We can praise God with every faculty of our being. This total praise is what God is looking for in His people.
30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. 31 This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs. 32 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.
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