“Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives…and heals…who redeems …and crowns…who satisfies…youth is renewed…compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” Psalm 103:1-8.
I would give anything in this world to hear David sing this song while playing his harp. He lifted these words to God, words void of requests…absent of groanings…short on pleas. He was fervently worshipping with every fiber of his being all he knew of God. It was a time of reverence and worship, and we get to be blessed enough to scoot up our spiritual chairs next to him. As we close our eyes and experience his Psalm do we really feel in our soul the awe and reverence that he was experiencing? Do our souls explode with praise when considering all God has done in our lives? When going about our day do we lift prayers filled with gratitude of who God is? Do we praise and worship Him apart from our petitions, requests and pleas? Is our attitude like David’s… a spirit of engagement with God instead of entertainment with music?
Our fellowship and worship should form our own psalm, our own affirmations of who God is coupled with gratitude and praise. We do not need a musical instrument or a good singing voice for our hearts to write our own spiritual psalm. We should live our lives as a psalm sharing our testimonies with others. I love the image David paints through his words describing God’s love and forgiveness.
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12. He equates God’s love from heaven to earth…vertically…and His forgiveness from east to west…horizontally. When the vertical love of God is crossed with the horizontal sacrifice of Christ the cross is formed. God’s ultimate love and forgiveness is found at the intersection of the cross.
Everything we are and everything we experience is rooted in love like none other from our awesome God. May our words, actions and activities form beautiful music like a psalm from yester year.