“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening.” (Psalm 92:1-2)
I wonder what would happen if we put these two verses into practice: if we regularly gave Him thanks, sang praises unto Him, and declared His love every morning and His faithfulness every evening? How might the course of our day change? How might our attitude be adjusted? How might we see His presence more clearly in our day-to-day lives as we witness His love demonstrated throughout the day? How might we grow in awareness of what a personal and attentive God He is, if at the close of the day, we look back and see His amazing faithfulness? Albert Barnes wrote, “There is no better preparation for a day, in view of its burdens, cares, toils, and trials, than a thankful, cheerful mind in the morning…he who sees nothing to be thankful for in the morning will be a miserable man through the day. There is much in every day to be thankful for, and it is well to recall it at night.”
One year my young son was fascinated with the killdeer birds. He read about them nearly every day. He was constantly on the lookout for them, so much so that one day in Central Park, every single bird he saw he would shout, “There’s a killdeer! There’s a killdeer!” We laughed, knowing that none of the birds in the park were actually killdeer and that he was just so enthralled with them that he began to “see” them everywhere!
The same is true with us and the Lord. As we proclaim His unfailing love in the morning, being on the “lookout” for how He will reveal it to us, we will begin to see His never-ending-love at each and every turn. It might be through an answered prayer, a need met, a stranger’s kindness, or the warmth of the sunshine. Whatever form it will take, we will know it is an expression of His love. Likewise, in the evening as we look back upon the events of our day, surely we will see that we were met by His faithfulness time and time again. What a wonderful way to close out our day: with a grateful heart and a peaceful mind as we recount His faithful deeds. We will be like the psalmist who exclaimed, “You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!’ (Psalm 92:4) Yes, it is good to give thanks to the Lord, so let’s be on the lookout; let’s fix our eyes upon Him; and let’s proclaim His love in the morning and His faithfulness at night.