Seven Habits Of Truly Effective Living
Psalm 92 gives us seven habits of truly effective living. Read and then re-read them and reflect on why the psalmist rejoiced in God's love and faithfulness as he kept these seven habits daily.
#1 Seeing thankfulness and praise to God as desirable, not as duty.
Psalm 92:1 (NLT) It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High.
#2 Focusing on God's loving kindness in the morning and His faithfulness at night
Psalm 92:2 (NLT) It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening,
For the righteous man, each day begins and ends with God, implying that God is central in his thoughts throughout the entire day. Lovingkindness refers to God's covenant loyal love, which features His promise of salvation. The righteous person is not self-righteous, or just externally moral. He looks to God's promises and unchanging character as the basis for his right standing before his Creator-Judge.
"It is not honoring to the finished work of Christ to worry about [forgiven sins] as far as our relationship to God is concerned. Indeed, to worry about them is to do despite to the infinite value of the death of the Son of God. My fellowship with God is restored upon the basis of the value of the blood of Jesus Christ." - Francis Schaeffer, from his book True Spirituality.
#3 Enjoying resounding music and singing for joy at God's great works.
Psalm 92:1, 3-4 (NLT) 1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High.3 accompanied by the ten-stringed harp and the melody of the lyre.
4 You thrill me, LORD, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done.
#4 Pondering the deep thoughts of God.
Psalm 92:5 (NLT2) O LORD, what great works you do! And how deep are your thoughts.
#5 Praising the transcendence of God—declaring that God is the "Most High" who is above all His creatures.
Psalm 92:8 (NLT) 8 But you, O LORD, will be exalted forever.
The righteous one realizes that man is in no way equal to God.
#6 Resting securely in the fact that, in the end, God will have the final say on all matters. He will deal justice to the enemies of righteousness.
Psalm 92:9-11 (NLT) 9 Your enemies, LORD, will surely perish; all evildoers will be scattered.10 But you have made me as strong as a wild ox. You have anointed me with the finest oil.11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents.
#7 Depending continuously upon God for strength—for "fresh oil", knowing that yesterday's supply never carries over to today.
Psalm 92:10 (NLT2) But you have made me as strong as a wild ox. You have anointed me with the finest oil.