Tuesday, November 22 – Psalm 67:3-4
May the peoples praise You, God; may all the peoples praise You. May the nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will judge the peoples with fairness and guide the nations on the earth.
The phrase “easier said than done” seems like it can be applied to almost every area of life. In parenting, the correct words may be expressed but if parents do not model what they are asking, the children often miss the instruction. It is often easier for a parent to give words of instruction than show an example. We see this throughout Scripture as well. Many religious people, like the Pharisees, had words of instruction to give, but they did not live out the example of loving God and their neighbors as God had called them to do.
The longer you have been in church, the easier it is to fall into the same mentality of the Pharisees, believing the right words will produce the right actions in others. However, God’s heart for His people is not only right actions but also right motivation. We need hearts to recognize who He is and worship Him above all other things. May we be ambitious for others to worship God with joy and trust His hand to guide and judge along the way. May we live as examples of this picture we want to see in the world. May we live minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and lives of praise. May we exemplify the joy that can be found in Jesus and trust in His hand to do the transformation work in people’s hearts. When we experience the true joy of being His, it only makes sense that we strive to see that joy experienced by others too.
• What would it look like to exemplify a life of praise to God?
• Where is the Christian life easier said than done?
• Pray and ask God to help you live as a doer of the Word, praising Him every day.