Note: When asking some writers to help me with these 40 Days of Prayer posts I ended up with two posts on Psalm 96 for today. I intend to post them both, as they are both valuable. I kind of think Monday is a good day for double prayer anyway! JD
Guest Post by Royce Ogle
Psalm 96 begins with these words:
“Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised..”
As I read the 96th Psalm and was once again reminded of just how worthy our God is of our praise, I was reminded of another Psalm, Psalm 150. It begins with these words and the
same theme as Psalm 96.
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!
As I reflect on these ancient words and am reminded of some of the reasons we have to praise our God, I think it would be good to pray for ourselves, and our brothers and sisters in the faith, the words of the Apostle Paul when he wrote to the believers in Ephesus.
Dear Father, I pray “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you (us) the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your (our) hearts enlightened, that you (we) may know what is the hope to which he has called you (us), what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places…” (words in parenthesis added) Ephesians 1:14-17
For the praise and glory of the one whose name is above every name I ask. Amen and Amen.
Royce Ogle is retired but hard at work for the Lord in many ways. He can be spotted working at the Duck Commander Warehouse in West Monroe, LA many days. Royce and his wife Carol are passionate servants in the GriefShare ministry. You can read his excellent posts on his blog Grace Digest. You can find him on Facebook HERE. You can connect with him on Twitter HERE.