One thing I love about the psalms and the current worship songs that have been written and sung in churches across the country is the repetitive theme of His praise being forever on our lips. Psalm 34 starts off with this truth:
I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
I’m reminded how often the praise of others or idols come from our lips. What comes from our mouth is often the overflow of our heart. If our heart is growing in the love of Jesus, our mouths will continually praise Jesus. One current worship song that our West Campus worship intern introduced to me sometime in the winter shows how our love for Christ results in the overflow of our praise. The lyrics reveal how God’s enduring love is covenantal and faithful. How Jesus will pursue His bride (the church), freeing her of her guilt and shame, giving her a new identity and name. I listen to these lyrics and I can’t but help to cry out His praise that really should ever be on my lips. I’d strongly encourage you to listen to the song below as part of your jumpstart devotions today.
Speaking of an overflow of praise, I read the rest of this Psalm and see how David sought out the Lord and desired Him above all other desires (v. 4-6). How the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and delivers those who feel crushed (v. 18) That He redeems those who take refuge in Him and will not ever condemn them (v. 22). Like the lyrics in the above song, I read this psalm and my heart naturally overflows with praise knowing how great our Savior is.
We should read these psalms and sing these songs based off of the Psalms with a grateful heart. Will you live a life grateful for what Jesus has done for you? A living sacrifice for Him because of what He has done for you and having an awe for Him because of it. Let the great truths of the Gospel and attributes of our God forever move our hearts and lives out of complacency.
By: Erik Koliser