(Meditating on Psalm 66)
Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
2 Sing out the honor of His name;
Make His praise glorious.
All the earth shall worship You
And sing praises to You;
They shall sing praises to Your name.” Selah (Psalm 1,2,4)
Psalm 66, as most psalms are, is a psalm of praise. These are stanzas upon stanzas of words of worship flowing freely from the psalmist’s heart to the Lord God Almighty.
Worship is a vital part of our life in the Lord. When we turned to God and received His salvation, our previously-dead spirits were quickened by His life-giving Spirit and we were regenerated. Born again. Born in the Spirit. Having a new life. Our spirits are now connected to the one true, living God, and we live to worship Him. We worship Him because it is what our quickened spirits long to do: to exalt Him with our songs and praises that come from hearts and souls overflowing with gratitude. We just can’t stop it. He is worthy of all our praise.
And we worship Him because our spirits need to drink from the wellspring of life. We need to be constantly filled by His life-giving Spirit. This is how we grow. This is where our real needs are met: peace and joy and healing! His Spirit is the oil that keeps our lights burning.
At the first line of the song, some of the kids in the Children’s Choir were at once filled by the Holy Spirit and they were caught up by its mighty power, shaking, crying, uttering words only the Spirit could know and understand. And they fell on their knees there on the riser, hands raised, tears streaming down their faces. At the chorus, most of them were caught up by the moving of the Spirit and the mighty sound it produced resounded throughout the stadium.
The chorus was sang over and over and over, yet, the powerful Presence lingered still. The kids were drenched with their tears and perspiration, but the Spirit of the Lord stayed for more minutes.
I have always thought that as much as God’s children are hungry for Him, God also longs for them. For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” (2 Cor. 6:16)
I have heard testimonies of worshipers how they had seen angels rejoicing and singing with the choirs as they lift up praise and worship. It is so faith-invigorating to hear and know that our dearest Father, our Savior and King, rejoices with us when we worship with all that is in us. For the joy of the LORD is our strength (Neh. 8:10).
Oh, bless our God, you peoples!
And make the voice of His praise to be heard. (Psalm 66:8)