This Psalm is a nice change of pace, as David is actually pretty happy as he writes this one. If you draw your knowledge of David purely from the Psalms, it seems like he was constantly on the run or under attack or suffering one crisis or another. So it was nice to read one where it appears he got a break for a little while!
The verse that really jumped out at me in this Psalm probably won’t surprise you if you know my love of music. It’s all about praising and worshiping God.
Psalm 30:4-5 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. 5 For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
It’s so beautiful to sing to God. I think it might be my favorite thing to do. Anytime I’m playing bass guitar on the worship team at church, I have to struggle sometimes to stop from singing. If we’re in a difficult musical section, I have to make myself focus on the music. But man, anytime there’s an opportunity I sing out at the top of my lungs. I’ve sang so hard and so loud while playing on stage that I nearly lost my voice. When you can enter into that place where you realize that praise and worship isn’t about you, it’s not about the people around you, it’s not about how you sound or how you look, but it’s all about you telling God what you think of Him, that’s the truest beauty. I love singing to God. If you’ve maybe struggled with losing yourself in worship, I encourage you to just close your eyes and let loose next time. Forget about everything except God and just lift up your voice to His ears. It’s a joyful noise to Him, it’s a beautiful moment between you and your creator.
You know, I wasn’t planning on sharing this but I just feel led to. This past summer I went to an all night praise and worship night at my church. It lasted from 7:00 pm until 2:00 am. Singing and praising God for seven hours straight might sound like torture to some people, but let me tell you, it’s among my favorite things I’ve ever done in my entire life. At one point I was just lost in worship, and I just felt so full of joy, and I felt the joy of the Lord in the room. God’s presence was heavy that night, but this felt slightly different to me. I open my eyes and for a split second I have this impression that’s so strong that I can actually see it. It’s this glimpse of Jesus, lying on the floor and resting his elbow on the stage, a beautiful smile on His face as he was filled with joy over what was happening in that room. He was there with His people, loving every second of what was happening.
Singing praises and worship to God isn’t a performance, it’s not just how we fill the first 35 minutes of our church service, it’s not a required part of being holy. It’s a deep honor and privilege. It’s one of the great joys we have access to here on earth, and we should view it and uphold it as one of our dearest and most favored things.
The internet can be a terrible thing, but there are some advantages to it. One of them is access to praise and worship. I’d like to share two of my favorite praise and worship sets with you today. Each of them are very free flowing, very spirit lead, and are just such beautiful and uplifting examples of how amazing it is to praise and worship our God. First up is my favorite session from Bethel Church, which you can find HERE. Then the next is a guy named Cory Asbury and his band at the International House of Prayer, which you can check out HERE. We don’t have to be in church to go into deep praise and worship of our Lord. I encourage you to make some time to check these sets out and just experience the great honor of praising God.
PRAYER AND CLOSING
Father God, today I just thank you for music, and the way in which we use it to honor and celebrate you. There’s no sweeter feeling than when I’m lost in worship and I feel your embrace, your presence fills rooms and comforts and loves on everyone in the place. You inhabit our praises, Lord, and I’m so thankful for that. Father, I’m amazed at the way you work. Praise and worship is our chance to bless you, to tell you how amazing you are and how much we appreciate you, and yet in your unending love and majesty you somehow turn it around on us and use it as a time to comfort, overjoy, heal, and restore us in return. Thank you for your gifts to us, Lord, thank you for the gift of praise and worship music. Father God, I would ask right now for breakthrough for people who’ve never been able to get to the point of true praise and worship. Lord, eliminate the distractions that keep distracting them, destroy the barriers in their minds that keep stopping them, whatever is holding people back from truly experiencing the joy of praising and worshiping you, I’d ask that you deliver them from it this instant. All your children should know the great privilege of entering into deep worship of you, and I ask humbly that you help us anytime we’re struggling to get to that place. You are a mighty God, a loving God, a God who is deserving of all honor and glory. Thank you for allowing me to express it to you, thank you for the way it blesses me in return when I sing praises to you. May I never lose my love of praising your precious name, Lord. Lock it in my heart so it’s unable to depart from me. I love you God, and I thank you for all that you are. In Jesus’ precious name I pray, amen.
Alright friends, the blog will be back on Thursday to finish up Psalm 30. I love you guys, and I hope the week is treating everyone well. Don’t let the hustle and stress of the holiday season overwhelm you. I know we’re all busy this time of year, but keep in mind that God is in heaven, Jesus is in our hearts, and that all things will work out for His glory in the end. Christmas isn’t about presents, it’s about presence. Jesus’ presence on this earth, His presence in our hearts, our presence with our family and friends. God loves us, and He wants this to be a season of blessing and comfort and joy, not of stress and hurry and worry.