Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | June 18, 2015

June 18, 2015 “Joyous Abandon”

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.” (Psalm 9: 1-2)

 

Good Morning Blessed Friends of God!

When i was a junior high school student,  I was invited to be the disc jockey at a junior high dance being held at our school auditorium.  Basically, that meant that I selected the records that would be played at the dance, say a little something about each one and put them on the turntable. Those of you who know me are also aware of my early ambitions to become an entertainer. One of the more popular song of the day was called “Patches”, a song I enjoyed singing. At one point at the dance, instead of just playing the record, I decided to sing along with it, with the benefit of the microphone I commanded. I sang, and, much to my surprise and delight, soon a bevy of junior high girls began shrieking and swooning as I sang…I kid you not! Of course, my ego soared.

I doubt that my performance that night was really worth the brief adulation I garnered, but it was gratifying nonetheless. As readily as that unmerited praise was directed towards my adolescent performance, I wonder how ready we are to direct our praise and adulation towards One entirely deserving and worthy? The Psalmist expresses unbridled praise in the right direction in this Psalm, and I do like the down-to-earth way it is expressed here: “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart”. A full heart is one so overflowing in its love that it cannot be contained. “I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” This, of course, is literally true, for here we are, centuries later, reading this Psalm of David from that inspired  book that tells us of God’s wonderful deeds…the Bible! I will be glad and rejoice in you!”  Can’t you just imagine David’s glad rejoicing. We know he was not hesitant in expressing his joy, for we read of him singing and even dancing on occasion before the Lord. I can imagine it, because I remember how I felt being on the receiving end of such praise, albeit not nearly so deserving. It felt great. Our enthusiastic praise gladdens the heart of God, and, unlike me, he is most deserving! “I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.” Coming into God’s presence with singing is encouraged…even directed in Scripture. Let us join our hearts in prayer and praise in joyous abandon. Let’s sing, laugh, dance, and jump for joy before our Maker. Let’s thank God with a full heart! Let’s pray!

Worthy God: How we praise you this day. Our hearts are filled to overflowing with the joy of being in Your glorious presence and experiencing Your love and Your grace. Accept the praise of our lips and the adoration of our hearts as we approach you in prayer and song. The joy of the Lord is our strength and our delight. To God be the glory now and forevermore! Amen!

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