“Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to
him on the ten-stringed lyre.” (Psalm 33:1-2)
This is the L-O-N-G season of the church year that we call Ordinary Time. That’s because (as Kamille reminded us at Confirmation Class) there are no special holidays during this whole period. But the psalm that is quoted above reminds us that we ought to praise God even in the ordinary times.
I love the psalms. And Psalm 33 is one of my favorites – well, the Bible study group would laugh because so many of them are favorites! But the reason this is one of my “more favorite” is that it speaks of praising God for no reason other than God’s goodness to us.
Often at holidays, we remember particular stories of God’s grace and mercy. But in this psalm we are reminded that God is good to us always. Our creator God is good to us and “is faithful in all he does.” (vs. 4b)
Sometimes I think we wait to praise God until something wonderful happens or some great celebration occurs. But, friends, we ought to praise God even in the low times, even when it’s hot weather and we can hardly move, even in the Ordinary Times.
So, my challenge to you during these next two months is to sing and praise God and share your love in God’s name with all those around you. And we’ll see you as we worship here. And we’ll sing together!