“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”~~Thomas Edison
Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is clinquant, adjective meaning, “glittering, especially with tinsel; decked with garish finery,” and noun meaning, “imitation gold leaf; tinsel; false glitter.”
Today is Make Up Your Mind Day. If you’re one of those people who is frequently indecisive, today is the day to make up your mind. Stop putting off those “important” decisions.
It’s New Years Eve. Last day of 2015. The last page of two devotional books. We have to go back to work today, me for half a day, because there is still nothing to do, and Christi for the whole day, and possibly working late, this evening, because there are very important things to do.
Will we make it to 2016 tonight? We might. I believe Rachel and Justin are coming over to “ring in the New Year” with us, so we may stay up until the New Year. We are both off tomorrow, the last holiday until Memorial Day at the end of May. Once again, I would really like to have a conversation with whoever decided that most of the year’s holidays should fall in the LAST HALF OF THE YEAR!!
I think I have decided on the devotional books that I will use for next year. More about that tomorrow. What I haven’t decided, yet (and I guess I’d better hurry up, huh?) is what my morning prayer time will look like. I have all this help from the book I just finished, and haven’t made up my mind yet. Well, I guess today is the day I’m supposed to do that, eh? (See above referenced “holiday.”)
(From Heart Aflame)
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!
Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!
I thought it fitting to close out 2015 with a devotion from the last of the Psalms.
Calvin notes the usage of the different instruments in verse 3, and reminds us that, even though this is “Scripture,” the Psalmist is not in any way expressing that these are the specific instruments that must be used. The point is that we cannot apply ourselves “too diligently to the praises of God,” using whatever instruments and means that we have available. Tambourine, dance, trumpet, lute, harp, loud clashing cymbals! Let all of these instruments be used to praise the Lord. Clap your hands, shout, beat on the back of the chair in front of you, jump up and down . . . use whatever you can to praise the Lord!
And we should do this more frequently than on just whatever day and time that we choose to join a congregation in worship and praise. This helps to lead us away from “those vain and corrupt pleasures” which would seduce us away from thoughts and meditations upon God. “The Psalmist, therefore, in exhorting believers to pour forth all their joy in the praises of God, enumerates, one upon another, all the musical instruments which were then in use, and reminds them that they ought all to be consecrated to the worship of God.”
In verse 6, Calvin finds a prediction that the praises of God may one day be heard in places other than Judea. “And in this prediction we have been joined in the same symphony with the Jews, that we may worship God with constant sacrifices of praise, until being gathered into the kingdom of heaven, we sing with elect angels an eternal hallelujah.”
Father, may I join with the angels and the people of ancient times in the praise and worship of you. May I use every instrument at my disposal in the praise and worship of you! And I pray that, in the coming year, all the praises that I can raise to you will be helpful in preventing the seduction of my affections away from that which pleases you.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Grace and peace, friends.