It is a good thing to give thanks to God. Period. Some people are very curmudgeonly about giving thanks. Some will indulge a general vaguely “spiritual” feeling of thanks toward “the universe.” Some, even worse, are unable to count their blessings or to see why they should be thankful about anything. Some thank God for their troubles as if God had caused them, instead of thanking God for His faithfulness in upholding them in spite of their troubles. The inability to give thanks to God becomes even more problematic when people are asked to sing.
Most children like to sing. But often —sometime later— the joy of singing goes. Instead of focusing on the object of the song, people start focusing on what others think of their voices. Sometimes folks don’t know the song being sung in church, or they feel self-conscious about singing to God even inside their homes. Sometimes, the words in the song mean nothing to them. For whatever reason, getting folks to sing in church is often like pulling teeth.
But when one communal singing comes from the heart, much happens. Praise has effects on God, on the singer, on one’s spiritual community, on situations in our lives, and on the devil. Praise is a warfare weapon.
1It is a good thing to give thanks unto the lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, o most high:
2To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
3Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.
4For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
5O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.
6A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
7When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:
8But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore.
9For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
10But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
11Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.
12The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
15To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.