So as of late, I’ve been finding it really hard to set myself on a set book or topic to study in my own personal time in the Bible. I believe that it’s a good thing to have some sort of contextual reference when studying different sections, however I think the Spirit is able to speak clearly through points where we can’t seem to hold focus on one book for more than a day.
As a result, I often find myself gnawing on the words of David (and others) in the Psalms. Again, I end reading them in random order, although I tend to sift through the different chapters until I find one that I deem as appropriate for what I’m feeling. This morning however, I just opened up to where I had last placed my bookmark and picked up in chapter 67. These next few verses are what made me sit up straight on the sofa and knocked out any leftover sleepiness:
“May the peoples praise you,
may all the peoples praise you.
The the land will yield its harvest,
will bless us,
and all the ends of the earth will fear him”
At this point I had to take a step back.
To know that God expects our praise is one thing, but to hear that praising him is what will make this world fear him…that’s heavy.
If you’ve been to any sort of church or campus ministry or anything of the likes, you’ll probably see one form of praise in the context of singing. Now granted, it made be weird and a bit awkward the first time you see it, but initially, fear isn’t a word that comes to mind. When you get to thinking about it though, singing praises to God is a way of declaring him name, uttering the various truths, strengths, and power of our Creator in song, and that, is truly frightening to Satan. He acknowledges our God’s existence, but when proclaim that we love God and trust his protection, Satan has no power in the matter of controlling us. Praise be to our Lord for that!
This also made me realize all the more that while structural environments for praise are crucial, we aren’t limited to singing only in church or campus fellowship. What’s keeping you from singing of the love of the Lord right now (ok, maybe your roommate is still sleeping or something, although waking up to the sound of praises to Jesus wouldn’t be a bad thing)? Why not on the way to the grocery store? In the shower? God loves our praises to him all the time and is willing to bless us for them. Even if it’s once today, make known to the Lord your love for him in praising him.