Saturday, January 16, 2010

Glorifying God Priority #1

In Psalm 57 we find David hiding in a cave. David is hiding because Saul is out to kill him graveyard dead. David is on the run from his enemies even though David is the one God has appointed to be king. David is a man after God's own heart.

It's not unusual that David is writing a song, that's what David did. It's not even unusual that he wrote a song, played it and probably sang it in a cave while being hunted down like a dog.

I find it unusual from a human standpoint. Would I in a bad situation take the time to praise God? That's not how I, and probably most folks, respond. It's not natural.

Verse 11:
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.

How would my life be different if I responded in the worst of life's storms with the desire to bring glory to God above everything else? That would be unusual from a human standpoint, it wouldn't be natural. And I think that's the point.

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Bonnie said...
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Bonnie said...

I was struck several years ago when I was reading about the disciples in jail. It was midnight...and they were praising God and SINGING! Somehow I don't know know it I would have been singing in those circumstances, especially at midnight. But they did, and as a result 1) they were given an opportunity to escape 2) they saved a man from committing suicide 3) his whole family was saved and baptized that night 4) they received a celebrity escort from the city, and 5) they encouraged the other believers. Maybe God would still have done all those things, but I think the singing was important or it wouldn't have been mentioned. Our attitude in the hard times must be part of the blessing. It's not easy, though. Good thoughts Andy.

I can sing in the troubled times
Sing when I win,
I can sing when I lose my step
and I fall down again
I can sing cause you pick me up
Sing cause You're there
I can sing 'cause You hear me Lord
When I call to You in prayer
I can sing with my last breath
Sing cause I know
That I'll sing with angles
and the saints around the throne!

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