Psalm 66 - Shout Joy!

Psalm 66 is one of these beautiful little psalms that push my praise outside of the mundane, controlled routine I so easily fall into.  

“Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious. Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You. All the earth will worship You, And will sing praises to You; They will sing praises to Your name.” Selah.”.             Psalms‬ ‭66‬:‭1‬-‭4‬

God is so awesome in power and authority that even those who are against Him are/will be forced to give Him glory.  Why, then, would I find it unimportant, unnecessary or not that big of a deal so often?  He is abundantly worthy of honor and glory and praise and worship and gratitude and so much more!  As I consider my own worship of our glorious Lord, my words fall so far short of the worthiness deserved.  I would like to make a few observations about this:
1.  That is perfectly fine. How could it be any other way?  How could any words that I would use even begin to capture the wonderment or awe that is the truth of His true character.
2.  It is not fine.  I should not rest in my own incapacity and find contentment in a shallow, simple, easy sense of praise for the supreme greatness of His being and merciful acts of rich love.
3.  Talk is cheap.  I should use my words to praise him, but I should also use a whole-life approach to praise.  THIS is the closest I can come to a real and appropriate level of honor given to Him.
4.  Music is only a portion of worship, but can be helpful.  We should see worship and praise as much more than songs we sing, but these very Psalms are an example that the Lord sees that music connects our heart & mind in a way that often words alone do not.  So, don’t use music alone, include prayer and whole-life, but allow music, also, to be used in your life to elevate your praise to the “Shout joyfully” level connecting the truth of who God is with the warmth, confidence, praise, and/or surrender that music can emote.

One such recent song for me is, “Jireh” from Elevation Worship.  Jehovah-Jireh is a compound name of the Lord used in the Old Testament when Abraham has Isaac on the altar ready to sacrifice him, but the Lord stops him and supplies a substitute offering.  It means literally “The Lord Sees,” but is interpreted, “The Lord Provides“ by Abraham in the passage.   He sees us in our need and concern, and does not leave us without.  He provides.  

He has given us full love.  He has given us His Son as the sacrificial payment for our sin.  He has provided full forgiveness in Christ.  He is Jireh.

Enjoy this song … JOYFULLY!

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