It Takes A Village – Week 16
A Human Condition That Hasn’t Changed
The Psalms, song lyrics composed by David, his son Solomon, music directors, and various others, are probably the most commonly known scriptures to man. They are the hearts cry and beautiful reflection of the human condition at work in worship.
Many of the worship songs we sing today are still comprised from words penned into the book of Psalms. There seems to be a unity unlike an other when God’s children gather to sing praises to His name. Praises written thousands of years ago by children who longed to be in the presence of their King. And children who’s human condition and heart longing hasn’t seemed to have changed.
I will exalt you, Lord,
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
Lord my God, I called to you for help,
and you healed me.
You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.
Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favour lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
David called out to the Lord to hear his cries, answer his questions, and remove the pain and anguish that often saturated his soul. Within the pages of this book we find a collective voice of worship of which each and every one of us can relate. The children of Israel would gather and lift their voices in humility offering praise yet calling out for help all in the same breath. A call for help and a call of praise seem to be synonymous with each other in the throne room.
Gathering in worship with other believers is a most powerful experience for true worship requires a posture of humility. It is often difficult to sense the movement of the Holy Spirit when we aren’t focused on the throne instead thinking of our to-do lists and endless life demands. When our hearts are not invested in seeking His presence, others around us can sense our hesitation and lack of attention.
God desires our hearts to seek after His akin to the cries of David. When we engage in worship with the Lord, are we concerned about how we may appear in the eyes of those who may be worshipping around us? Are we more focused on the community around us than how we are communing with Christ? For when we allow the stresses of the day to fall away instead focusing on the moment with God, we are offering those around us freedom to worship freely. When we don’t worry or focus on the actions of others in worship, caring more about appearances than our hearts posture, perhaps others won’t worry or focus on us.
Father, may my heart be in tune to yours, may you always hear my cries, may your presence saturate my very being as I long to be in your presence. Help me to focus on you during these times of worship and less on the community around me. In Jesus name, amen.