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Read: Psalm 98:1-9

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. v. 4alltogether

For years my wife’s piano and my banjo had an uncomfortable and infrequent relationship. Then, after Janet bought me a new guitar for my birthday, she expressed an interest in learning to play my old guitar. She is a very capable musician, and soon we were, together, playing songs of praise on our guitars. I like to think that a new kind of “praise connection” has filled our home.

When the psalmist was inspired to write of worshiping God, he began with this exhortation: “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises” (PS 98:4) He called for us to “sing to the Lord” with instruments such as harps and trumpets and horns (vv. 5-6). He commanded all of the earth to “shout joyfully to the Lord” (V. 4). In this mighty orchestration of praise, the rolling sea is to roar with exaltation, the rivers are to clap their hands, and the hills are to sing out in joy. All the human race and creation are together called to praise the Lord in “a new song” of praise, “For He has done marvelous things” (V. 1).

Today let your heart connect with others and God’s creation in singing songs of praise to the mighty Creator and Redeemer. — Dennis Fisher

Let us celebrate together,

Lift our voice in one accord,

Singing of God’s grace and mercy

And the goodness of the Lord. — Sper

God can use ordinary instruments to produce a concert of praise.

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