5th Sunday of Lent

Psalm 9:1-2 (NLT)

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
I will be filled with joy because of you.
    I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

A Thought

The Psalmist is in a celebratory mood as he writes these verses. It is obvious that he is grateful for all that God has done in his life and can barely contain his excitement. It is as if he is writing a letter to his dearest love on a moonlit night, the pen gliding over the page with rapid energy.

His love fills him with joy that cannot be contained. Memories of faithfulness elevate his voice to singing. In the words of Buddy the Elf, “I’m in love! I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it!”

Have you ever been head-over-heals in love with God? When is the last time you praised God with your whole heart, sang praises with gusto? Have you ever?

These two short verses give us great insight into the relationship that the writer has with the Creator of the universe. They speak volumes of a relationship that is deep and true. There is a freedom and joy that comes from a relationship like this.

Oh, how I long to know and love God is that same way.

Prayer

God of Time and Space, Help us to praise you freely on this Holy Day. May we tell all who will hear. Help us to find the joy that is only found in truly knowing you and to sing to you with gladness. Amen.

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