I am not sure how you are but sometimes I feel like there is so much negative news and information that it gets overwhelming. There are many seasons where I just crave some uplifting and positive news. I am so thankful that God's Word provides just that. One of my favorite places to read is the book of Psalms. In Psalm 92, we see a powerful statement to start this Psalm. "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD..." It is that simple. That statement stuck in my mind as I read the rest of the chapter and I simply want to point out some thoughts to help us meditate on this first part of Psalm 92.
1. It is a good thing to dwell on a good God. In Psalm 119:68, the Bible says "Thou art good, and doest good;..." A simple reason why it is good to dwell on God is because God is good and does good. That is all He knows to be. Do we recognize that? Do we see God's goodness in our daily lives? If we do not, that is our fault and not His. He is good all of the time whether we see it or not. In bad days, He is good. In good days, He is good. In times of sorrow, He is good. Every day, He is good. If that is who He is, I would think we should spend more time dwelling on Him. Once we do, we will find ourselves seeing much about Him that is good.
2. It is a good thing to give God thanks. In Psalm 92:1, it says "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD,..." This part caused me to stop for a minute and evaluate. One thing I think we have become too frequent at is complaining. When we complain, we are not being grateful. As I evaluate my life, I can see at times where God hears more complaining from me than gratitude. But there is so much to give God thanks for. How about our salvation? That alone should cause us to give Him thanks for eternity but there is still so much more. He walks with us, He provides for us, He loves us (and frankly I am quite unlovable), He cares for us, He protects us, He equips us, and so many other things. We should be known for being way more grateful than ungrateful. We should be grateful to God because it is just good to give Him thanks. Have you thanked a Him today? Even more humbling to think about is whether He would recognize us if we gave Him thanks. Do not dwell on what is wrong in your life. Dwell on giving God thanks.
3. It is good to make sure others know of God. In verses 2 and 15, it says the phrase "to shew". It means "to publish, to make known, to declare, to acknowledge." Does the world around us know that God is good? Would they think enough of our testimony to want to know our awesome God? We have a responsibility to make sure the world knows that God is good! Are we fulfilling that responsibility? Do we declare His loving kindness and faithfulness or do we get aggravated by the circumstances that come our way? It seems I am much quicker at times to complain instead of testifying about how good God is. I pray God makes me a much better mouthpiece of His goodness.
As you go throughout this day, remember this simple thought, "It is good to give thanks unto the Lord." He is such an amazing God! Has He heard that from you recently? If not, spend some time today and everyday thanking Him and praising Him. He is worthy! Have a blessed day!
Written by Kenn Winn