Church, we have a reason to sing, we have a reason to praise. After reading through several important psalms of lament, it is encouraging to hear why God is worthy of worship and praise. As verse 1 reminds us, His salvation is why we make a joyful noise. Rarely will you leave a Sunday morning at Center Point Church without joyfully singing about the Gospel that gives us salvation and sanctification. His presence alone makes us grateful. We overflow with thanksgiving when we dwell on his reconciliation with us. We praise Him as our creator. As we learned at VBS this summer, He has created everyone and everything. There’s a reason why His creation spurs the most creative of poetry and art.
Again, what an encouraging psalm to read, to hear, to sing today. But don’t miss the one warning it gives us in the midst of this encouraging praise.
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,” Psalm 95:7b-8
When hearing His voice, do not harden your hearts. It’s easy to praise as much of our praise is an overflow of our hearts in abundance of God’s goodness, love, grace & truth. But sometimes God’s voice can be ignored in the midst of lament and praise due to a hardened heart. The same heart that overflows with such affection for God can harden itself from God. Lately, have you had heart of praise or stone?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor