Today, Monday September 11
“It Is Good to Give Thanks”
A Psalm. A song for the Sabbath day.
“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night, On an instrument of ten strings, On the lute, And on the harp, With harmonious sound. For You, LORD, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands. O LORD, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep.
A senseless man does not know, Nor does a fool understand this. When the wicked spring up like grass, And when all the workers of iniquity flourish, It is that they may be destroyed forever. But You, LORD, are on high forevermore. For behold, Your enemies, O LORD, For behold, Your enemies shall perish; All the workers of iniquity shall be scattered. But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil. My eye also has seen my desire on my enemies; My ears hear my desire on the wicked Who rise up against me.
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the LORD Shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing, To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”
When we wake up in the morning, we have no idea what the day holds for us. No one would have thought for a moment what would happen that day when they woke up 22 years ago on September 11, 2001. The nation was shocked as we watched the attacks by terrorist and 2,977 people were killed in just a few short hours. Many of us will never forget our horror as we watch the tragic live pictures of dear people jumping to their deaths out of the top stories of the Twin Towers to escape the flames.
Today we should take time to remember that infamous day and the many families who still grieve over the loss of their loved one. And also the many hundreds of men and women in our military who have died fighting the evils of terrorism in Afghanistan and the Middle East since then.
We are reminded of a verse in Proverbs 27:1 that tells us that “we should not boast about tomorrow, because we do not know what a day may bring forth.” This is why it is important that today we are prepared for eternity and live each day in a way that pleases God and blesses others. Psalm 92 is a great passage of Scripture to read and reflect upon on this special day of remembrance.
Psalm 92 is a song of the Sabbath. The title reads: "A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day." It is closely followed by five other psalms without titles, which has led commentators to believe that they were deliberately arranged by the compilers of the Hebrew hymnbook to form one continuous song service for the Sabbath.
We do not know when or why the psalm was written. Spurgeon believes that it was written by David. There are some Jewish Rabbis who even believe that it was composed by Adam. But for sure we know that this Psalm was inspired by God and intended to encourage us to give thanks and to sing praises to the name of the Most High God!
The major theme of Psalm 92 is the sovereign rule of God. It proclaims that God is the Most High God (v. 1). In verse 8, He is on high, and He is exalted forever. The covenant name Jehovah (Lord) is used seven times; Elyon (Most High) is found in verse 1 and Elohim in verse 13.
Because our God reigns supremely, and always will, we can be the people of God that He wants us to be. No matter what the day “brings forth”, we can put our trust in Him and take the time to worship Him for His “lovingkindness in the morning” and reflect on “His faithfulness every night” (v. 2).