I love the fact that the Psalms were written by specific people, often for a specific purpose. Psalm 92 is one where we know it was written specifically for the Sabbath, the day of rest.
Here’s what was sung:
Psalm 92:1-4 It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, accompanied by a ten-stringed instrument, a harp, and the melody of a lyre. You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done. NLT
Think of it: it’s the day of rest, where everyone was required to unplug and lean into the presence of the Lord, to be reminded that their life is not sustained by their work, but by God. The Sabbath forces us off our self-dependence thrones and puts God securely back into center-stage of our lives.
And the psalmist starts it off by reminding himself “It is good to give thanks to the Lord.” He has to intentionally engage his mind into believing that God has my good in mind when He tells me to unplug and focus on Him. It’s not simply another task: it’s the removal of tasks, for my good and His glory.
Then the psalmist gets specific.
He says WHEN he’ll praise God: in the morning and in the evening.
He says WHAT he’ll praise God for: his unfailing love and faithfulness.
He says HOW he’ll praise God: with instruments, music, and melody.
He says WHY he’ll praise God: He’s done great things that bring me joy.
Maybe you don’t have a specific 24-hour period where you unplug and focus on God, like this psalmist did. But whatever time you do have set aside for Jesus, know that there’s plenty of time to do it, plenty of things to praise Him for, plenty of ways to do it, and plenty of great things He’s done to recall.
AND we know that focusing on Jesus always is for our good! Like the psalmist says: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord.”