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ENDING THE YEAR WITH PRAISE

So many things have changed in our world.  This is also true in the church.  I might add that change is not bad.  In fact, change is good, but some things should not change. The worship experience and opportunity to praise God can be modified to our various needs, while still keep its value.  When I came to Bethlehem thirty years ago, we observed Watch Night Service. The church was filled with people who made their way to God’s house before midnight to be on their knees when the clock struck 12.  Now, people have other options on New Year’s Eve.  But, whether we engage in a midnight service or early evening service we should end the year with praise, for God has truly been good to us and we are compelled to give Him thanks and not go into a new year without acknowledging the goodness of God. I hope that you have a song on your heart and on your lips as the year 2019 draws to a close like psalmist’s praise in Psalm 40:3:

 “He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what HHHe has done and be amazed.  They will put their trust in the Lord.”

The psalmist expresses his deep gratitude for how the Lord has blessed him.  He does not go into detail in this particular verse about what the Lord has done, but in the first verse and the verses that follow, he shares what the Lord had done.  He shares with the congregation the wondrous deeds that have been done on his behalf. The psalmist makes melody in his heart and acknowledges the bountiful blessings of God.  It is my prayer we will begin the New Year singing a song of praise and giving glory and honor to God.