"Let the name of the LORD be praised, both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised."
Like a fresh spring to the thirsty, this psalm refreshes. When my son was in college, he traveled with a singing group to South Africa and Zimbabwe. The lyrics of one of their songs came from this psalm: “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised” (v. 3). Praise brings refreshing and carries us through the day.
If my husband and I wake up on a cool morning, we might decide to hike into the desert near our house. But as the day heats up, we become thirsty, and the need for water is real. Our spiritual life is something like that. All seems well, so when someone says something negative or critical, we are unprepared. When what started as a perfect day ends with tragedy, we grasp for something – Someone – to hold onto.
Singing or beginning to praise the Lord can bring about a change of attitude. He knows the ache of your heart, the high points and low points of your day. He came and lived a life in your world to identify with you. That alone is cause for praise!
"SPRING UP, O WELL,
WITHIN MY SOUL.
AND MAKE ME WHOLE.
SPRING UP, O WELL,
AND GIVE TO ME,
THAT LIFE ABUNDANTLY."