Today’s PrayerPoint ~ Psalm 100
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
May God’s peace and joy infuse your day!
Today’s PrayerPoint ~ Psalm 95
“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” Psalm 95:2
It is so important for me to start my day being thankful for what God has done for me. It helps my perspective and my focus and it helps me to be more loving to others, even on those days when I don’t get enough sleep. Whenever I read Psalm 95, I hear the song posted below in my mind, but it is also a part of the liturgy in LCMS (Lutheran Church ~ Missouri Synod) congregations so I am happy to have two reference points for it!
I know I have mentioned the power of music and Scripture memory before. If you are a part of a congregation that uses liturgy, you know that after sitting in church week after week and year after year that there is so much Scripture tucked away in your brain. You can be really young, and a non-reader to learn it and you can be challenged with vision issues and still participate. Music filled with Scripture can bridge ages and abilities and can be such a blessing to a congregation.
So, a little bit about this Psalm 95 posted below: John Michael Talbot is Catholic and I was introduced to him when I was about 13 (now I am 50, so this was quite a while ago). For me, this is an awesome “morning song” — a great way to get my mind headed in the right direction!
During Lent, the use of alleluia is often restricted in some church bodies. In the LCMS there are some other practices Check out the article Keeping a Holy Lent ~ a post from the LCMS with some great explanations.
Trigger Warning: This song does have Alleluia in it. So if that is going to bug you, don’t listen until after Easter.