If you need a Psalm to read on Sunday, try Psalm 92.
We know that from its heading: “A psalm. A song for the Sabbath.” Tradition has it that this was the song sung in the temple courts on the seventh day of the week.
Though the worship at God’s house took place almost constantly, this was the climax: when the people gathered on God’s holy day, and presented their gifts of thanksgiving and sacrifices of atonement.
As these sacrifices were offered, the people sang in verse 1,
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High.
Those opening verses set the tone for all the worship in God’s courts that day.
Their worship of him would be enthusiastic, even exuberant, with “the music of the lute and the harp… the melody of the lyre” (v. 3). It was a time for pouring out everything before the LORD, for making the most beautiful praise.
It’s good to worship like this, because God is so worthy. He rescued his people from slavery in Egypt and He gave them his law. Then God brought them into the land where He provided prosperity, guided them with his holy prophets, and protected them with righteous kings.
All along, God showed his people a rich mercy and an everlasting love.
And that is still what the Lord’s day is all about: it’s a celebration of God’s great works. We rejoice in what the Lord has done for his people in all centuries past, right up to today. Think especially of how God sent his own Son to die for sins, to be the perfect and final sacrifice of blood for our forgiveness. Praise God for the abundance of his grace at the cross!
Then, on the first day of the week, Christ arose from the grave. By so rising, He knocked Satan off his throne and defeated all the powers of sin and death.
This is our joy as we gather as church—no longer on the seventh day of the week, but on the first day. On the Lord’s day, we celebrate the victory of Jesus over all his and our enemies.
Whatever else is going on in your life, whatever the gladness or sadness that fills your days throughout the week, God gives every reason to make the Sunday a day of thoughtful festivity.
It is a day for the joy and refreshment that comes through the worship of God’s name.
In Christ, take Psalm 92:4 on your lips in prayer and song,
You, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.