"The Lord's Day"
August 30, 2008
It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your steadfast love in the morning, and Your faithfulness by night. Psalm 92:1-2
Tomorrow is the Lord's Day.
That's hardly a news flash. I wonder, will you be worshiping Him, or will you manage to find an excuse to do something else?
Some time ago I heard of a man who was 20 minutes late for his tee time on Sunday morning. The other members of the regular foursome were almost ready to begin without him.
When he arrived, he explained, "I agreed with my wife, that this Sunday I'd toss a coin to see whether I played golf or go to church. Heads, I play. Tails, I went to church."
Here's the punch line. He added, "Guys, you wouldn't believe it, I had to toss that coin 43 times before it came up heads."
Granted, there are legitimate reasons to miss church. No, I won't give you that list.
What I will do is share that all too often, like that golfer, people search for a way to avoid praising God for His blessings and the salvation He has given us at the cost of His Son's life on the cross.
Now I know, what I say in this short devotion is probably not going to change your attitude, but I do believe the location of your body on Sunday morning shows where your heart really is.
Think about it. Where will your body be the next Lord's Day? In bed? On the golf course? Preparing the garden? Or will your body and your heart praise God who gives us rest, recreation, and all the pleasures of life?
I pray you will be joining with the Psalmist and saying, "It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to His Name; to declare His steadfast love in the morning, and His faithfulness by night. . ."
. . .and on Sundays, too.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I thank You for the blessings and salvation You have given me through Your Son's sacrifice. May I never take Him for granted. Instead, may I praise You with enthusiasm, eagerness and joy. I ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries