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 often do we read a text like Psalm 92 and find it hard to respond? We know that it is good to give thanks to the Lord, and know that we should, but just aren’t in the right mood. As we feel bored and fed up of being shut in, but at the same time worried that restrictions are being lifted too soon and are fearful of going out, it is hard to feel like singing for joy. Some of the most powerful songs we can sing at such times are spirituals, a legacy of slavery, of racism, the other main topic of the news today. Now, as when first sung, these can lift us above the trials and tribulations of today to the steadfast love of God in the morning, and his faithfulness at night, looking to the hope of a better world to come.
O Lord, every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart, I will pray. I will sing your praises even when I feel tired and low, and know that you will lift me to see beyond my own small world to the greatness of your world, to see that the needs of others are much greater than mine, and that you are sufficient for all. Amen.