It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep!
The dullard cannot know, the stupid cannot understand this:
though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever,
but you, O Lord, are on high forever.
For your enemies, O Lord, for your enemies shall perish; all evildoers shall be scattered.
But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; you have poured over me fresh oil.
My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.
The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.
In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap,
showing that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Food For Thought:
The line that sticks out to me in this passage of Scripture is the Psalmist talking about God and how we should declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night. How do you declare God’s steadfast love in the morning and praise God’s faithfulness by night? Do you give God proper praise?
From your mouth, O God, come mercy and righteousness, and out of the abundance of your heart, you have given us your Word made flesh, Jesus the Christ. Pour out your Spirit of integrity upon us, that all we say and do may befit a people made in your image and baptized into the dying and rising of your Son. In your sacred name we pray, Amen.