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Verse of the Day (February 5, 2020)

Verse of the Day (February 5, 2020) #BMSeminary – There are six commands to worship in this psalm (vv. 1–3). By piling up imperatives, the psalmist tells the believers they must always praise God for salvation, because God is always redeeming (v. 5). It is a law woven into the fabric of history that God alone saves; all other trusts he “frustrates” and brings to naught (vv. 10–19). Specific commands in verses 1–3 also teach that God’s grace is worthy of our skill, freshness, and fervor. Playing “skillfully” implies mastery and excellence (v. 3). A “new song” calls experienced worshipers to renew their praise for the Savior (v. 3; cf. Eph. 5:19; Rev. 14:3). And shouting connotes fervent preparation of mind and body to engage in worship energetically. Inspiration for such vigor in worship is not peripheral to the biblical vision of Christian worship. Because of who God is, supremely in the incarnate Christ who was given for us and for our salvation, he deserves our all (cf. Rom. 12:1–2). Furthermore, God’s work on behalf of his children is “upright” (Ps. 33:4). God’s eyes are always on those who trust him, to ensure that they are nurtured spiritually and physically and know the joy of being faithfully loved (vv. 13–14, 18–22). Jesus came teaching and healing in order to convince us that it is our “Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). Through the gospel, we have all we could ever want or need, and all for free. (Gospel Transformation Study Bible)

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