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By Michelle Darbonne
April 25, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.
Judges 6:1-40
Luke 22:54-23:12
Psalm 95:1-96:13
Proverbs 14:5-6

Our Psalms today are full of commands to sing, shout, praise, proclaim, declare, and rejoice in the Lord because of who He is and what He has done.

I know that God is worthy of my praise and worship, yet I don’t always feel like singing for joy. When my heart feels heavy and distracted, I’m tempted to skim over these Psalms so that I can move along with my day. Yes, I know I’m supposed to worship Him, but I’m busy, you know? I have things to deal with and cares weighing me down.

That’s why I love how the Psalmist incorporates the example of creation into these calls to worship. Read again what he says in Psalm 95:4-5 and Psalm 96:10-13.

When we’re feeling grief, overwhelmed, distracted, creation reminds us of God’s unchanging power and beauty. And instead of just imagining these things God has created, sometimes we need to go experience them. When we pause to do that, the weight on our hearts begins to lift. We can release our burdens, moving instead into thankfulness and praise along with creation.

“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
Let all creation rejoice before the LORD...”

Love, Michelle

To memorize:
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
— Psalm 95:4