As one reads the book of Psalms it can be observed how David responded to the Lord. The Lord lived in the heart of David as did David in the heart of God and so it was natural for the Psalmist to express himself by responding to God. An observation of what David did and said enables the Christian to apply some of the same principles to his or her life according to that which is taught in the New Testament. Considering just one verse from the book of Psalms enables the Christians to understand how David responded to the Lord. “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High, to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and your faithfulness every night” (Psalm 92:1).
David responded to the Lord in four different ways and Christians can do the same. David gave thanks, sang praises, and declared certain things about the Lord. Those are three scriptural responses that Christians can participate in also. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6). Paul also wrote; “Therefore I exhort first al all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men…for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:1,4). Christians are to give thanks as David gave thanks.
Christians are to sing praises to God as David sang praises. Paul wrote to the Ephesians and Colossians about the importance of singing and the encouragement that it provides to Christians as congregationally psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs are sung (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16). The singing of these songs is a spiritual edification to the brethren participating and at the same time brings praise and honor to God. The name of God is praised through singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs because the songs speak to what God has done for humanity. The church can praise God through singing as David did. The third way to respond to God that David mentioned was to declare. Paul wrote; “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2). As the Word of God is preached to the world and among Christians the message of God is being declared just as David was doing. David mentions two specific things relating to the declaring. David said that the “lovingkindness” of God can be declared in the morning and the “faithfulness” of God every night. From morning until night there is something that can be declared to the world and among Christians about God. The declaration is not limited to just three times per week and is not limited to just the church building, but every Christian can look for opportunities to declare the lovingkindness and faithfulness of the Lord.