Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Daily Devotional Thought--From the Psalms (A Reason to Blow Your Horn)

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Psalm 47:
Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
2 For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
a great king over all the earth.
3 He subdued peoples under us,
and nations under our feet.
4 He chose our heritage for us,
the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah
5 God has gone up with a shout,
the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
7 For God is the King of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm!
8 God reigns over the nations;
God sits on his holy throne.
9 The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted!

"Blowing your horn" can be a sign of arrogance, but not when you blow your horn to highlight what another has done.

When the Ark of the Covenant was taken by David into the holy city, all of Israel responded with songs of praise. There, among the people, God was being exalted to His rightful place as King of all the earth (verse 7).

But there would be an even greater exaltation. Stricken, smitten and appearing to be just another blow hard, sounding forth from his lips an empty tune that the people were tired of hearing, this bloodied and beaten man would give up his breath and die. But His heart would not stay still, and his tune would not be silenced. God himself, who had taken on flesh came back from the dead to claim his rightful place as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

As Jesus ascended into heaven, the praises that Israel once sang were fulfilled as he was exalted to the right hand of God to rule of all the earth in glory and power.

Today the church and all who make her up blow a collective horn, but this is no sign of arrogance. We don't blow our horn, we make known the glorious works of the Lord--the message of forgiveness of sins and the hope of everlasting life in Christ.

And today, while we sing the praise of Him who has ascended to the highest place, we await the sound of another trumpet. For on the last day, the trumpet of God will sound forth announcing the arrival of the same King of Kings in all his glorious splendor and for all the world to see. He will come and take His own to be with him for eternity and to join in the hymn of all creation.

Truly, we have a reason to blow our horns, for Jesus Christ has risen from the dead and has promised us a place in His exalted kingdom. Amen.

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