It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, Psalm 92:1
Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! Psalm 147:1
The “good” mentioned in these verses doesn’t just mean “the right thing to do.” It means praising God is good (healthy) for our mind body and soul. Praising God allows us to leave the past, the present, and the future in God’s hands. As we praise Him, it diminishes our stress and worry. We begin to relax as the joy of the Lord soothes our mind, body, and soul.
The shadow of pine trees cast upon the clouds is fascinating to me. Who would have imagined casting shadows in the sky, yet here is this wonder, lasting but a moment then gone. God does this all the time, sometimes we see it and give Him glory, and sometimes we miss it leaving the heavens to declare the glory of God, Thankfully, He does not hold back His glory waiting for an audience.
This time of year (Christmas) many feel terrible loneliness. This season brings that about because we are reminded of past holidays when departed loved ones were present. Also we look around and see others enjoying the company of family and we grieve at our loss. At such times it is good to let your heart and mind dwell upon God’s message to us at Christmas.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
Christmas is about Jesus, coming to die for us, so we might live in Him and with Him never to be alone again.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20
Unfortunately in the holiday hubbub the message of Christmas becomes cliché and thus tossed aside when we need it most — when we feel lost and alone.