Scripture: Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall commend your works to another and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty and on your wondrous works I shall meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds and I will declare your greatness. (Ps 145:2-6)
Observation: Continuing on the subject on the words of my mouth, the Psalmist shows me some objectives to aspire to.
Analysis: The scripture references above are inspiring. My heart is stirred. I can feel it even as I write this.
They are also practical descriptions of what should be coming out of my mouth; the objectives that I should aspire to. “Without vision, the people run wild (or are unrestrained…)” (Prov 29:18) If I don’t refer to these objectives often, I forget and replace them with other stuff.
Take this one for instance (one that I fail at continually): “One generation shall commend your works to another…” How often, as an old guy, do I speak of the works of God to another generation? Probably, if I start to score it, not often at all.
If I think of it, how often do I speak of the works of God to MY OWN generation? I would probably have to say: Zip, nada, doesn’t happen.
Why is that, I wonder? The thought that comes to mind is that I don’t even speak of the works and declare mighty acts TO MY OWN SELF!! I have one unavoidable and captive audience (the man in the mirror) and I don’t even take advantage of that!! Inconceivable!
How can I talk about the mighty deeds of God when I am uncomfortable talking to myself? And then, what about being comfortable to talking with my wife? My at home children? My circle of friends? The small group I am a part of? I must start somewhere…
There are two imperatives that this Scripture reference speaks of as a starting point:
1) Every day I will bless you and praise your name, and;
2) Meditate on the splendor of His Majesty and wondrous works and the might of His awesome deeds.
If I don’t start here, I can’t get to anything greater.
Prayer: Lord God, please bring to my attention Your Wondrous Works and Awesome Deeds. I am such a dunderhead; I forget often; I ignore the feast of Your Word for the crumbs of this world. Help me, O God. AMEN