Our God truly is a wonderful God! His great love and mercy are awe-inspiring. What an overwhelming privilege it is to be able to drawn near the Lord of all with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12), and to be called His children (1 John 3:1)!
In His presence, He fills us with joy (Psalm 16:11). We’ve so much to thank Him for. How can one come before our God, without being overwhelmed by a sense of thankfulness to Him – the fruit of experiencing such amazing grace as our Heavenly Father shows towards us?
How can we express our gratitude to our loving God? One avenue through which we can do so is through psalms and songs of praise. In Psalm 33:3, we are bidden to sing a new song to the Lord. We are to play skillfully, and to shout for joy. Ephesians 5:19 tells us to speak in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Psalm 9:11 directs us to praise the Lord with song. God’s Word makes it quite clear that music is one way we can express our praise to our King.
What qualifies a song as one of praise? Is it about the tempo? Is the secret in the melody? Does the style of the music classify the tune as worship? Let’s take a closer look at Ephesians 5:19. After instructing us to speak in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, it mentions singing and making music in our hearts to the Lord. It isn’t how loud or soft the song is, how slow or fast it’s played, whether it’s old or new, or even which instruments are involved that classify a song as praise and worship. What’s important is the heart of the one who’s singing it. What are the words saying, and what do they mean to the worshiper? Are they providing a way for them to draw closer to God? Worship is all about relationship – us communing with our Heavenly Daddy, pouring out our heart to Him, and hearing what He has to say to us.
Music can be a powerful tool to aid us in growing in our relationship with God. It encourages us in being still before the Lord, giving us a chance to hear from Him. The lyrics can help us articulate what we may be having a hard time finding the words to say. Song gives us another way of expressing our praise and our thankfulness to One who’s most deserving of them. Take some time today to play your favorite praise and worship song, and spend some time with the Lord, in His presence. Think about the words you’re hearing, and what they mean to you. Tell God what’s on your heart, and hear what He has to say to you. He’s ready and waiting to reveal Himself to you in new and exciting ways, if you’ll allow Him to do so.
What is your favorite worship song? Why does it mean so much to you? Comment below to share!