Psalms – Prayers of Honesty
I love to sing songs written by those who love God and want others to know Him, too. I love to move with the music. (However, don’t worry, what I do does not really qualify as dancing, only worship driven by music.) I like to write about God, too. I love what others have written as they relate to our Father, God. Some songs begin with excerpts of God’s Word and tell the story of what God has done for them. Some songs merely tell who God is. Poets and songwriters have been doing this since time began as a way to express their relationship with God. Other songs are pure worship filled with humbled love for God.
David, inspired by God, honed this craft. He was great at it because God is great. David wanted everyone to know His God as their God. David had an intimate relationship with God. Because of that relationship, the words about God just spilled out. Because of their relationship of mutual love, he was honest before God in reverence seeking His wisdom, help and guidance. David’s relationship with God prompted others to seek God for themselves. David lived for the Song. When he fell, he was restored by the Song.
Psalm 61, The Message
A David Psalm
1-2 God, listen to me shout,
bend an ear to my prayer.
When I’m far from anywhere,
down to my last gasp,
I call out, “Guide me
up High Rock Mountain!”
3-5 You’ve always given me breathing room,
a place to get away from it all,
A lifetime pass to your safe-house,
an open invitation as your guest.
You’ve always taken me seriously, God,
made me welcome among those who know and love you.
6-8 Let the days of the king add up
to years and years of good rule.
Set his throne in the full light of God;
post Steady Love and Good Faith as lookouts,
And I’ll be the poet who sings your glory—
and live what I sing every day.
SOMETHING TO CHEW…
The Original Song is God. The divine Singer, who died for us so that we can live eternally with God now and forever, is Jesus, God’s Son. We sing because God saved us. We live the song because of our intimate relationship with God. There is no other reason to sing. There is no other reason to live.
Worship with a Warning Label: Don’t just be impressed with the style of music, the way it is presented or the people who lead us. Be in awe of the Song, God, Himself! Be grateful for the Singer! Live the Song.
Do we live the Song? Or just sing along blindly without knowing the Singer?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Don’t let me fall into complacency with merely singing a song without living the song from the inside out and outside in. That would dishonor You, the Creator of all music for our souls. Thank you for the freedom to worship You with all that is in us. Thank you for teaching how to live the Song by being in an intimate relationship with You. Thank you, dear Jesus, The Singer for redeeming us so that the Song in us goes on and on and on…
In Jesus Name, Amen