Scripture: Psalm 147:1-11
Key verse: (1)
Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
Reflection: I had a moment during our staff worship last week. Something about the hymn just got to me. I didn’t expect it. I didn’t come to our gathering with a heavy heart, or with particular joy, either. But one of the verses of our hymn just knocked me over, and I had to stop singing. To be honest, I don’t remember now what hymn it was or what the words said. I just know that in that moment, I was overwhelmed with the power of singing together with others, a song of worship to God.
In this Psalm, the Psalmist affirms the goodness of praising God in song, and then tells us why we should. We sing to God because the powerful God of the universe, our Creator, is also the compassionate God who gathers us in, the broken-hearted and the wounded, and binds up our wounds. When we gather to worship together, whether on a Sunday, or a church staff meeting, or with one or two others in a prayer group or Bible Study, we give thanks for God’s amazing grace. We sit or stand next to one another– young and old, strong and weak, joyful and confused, and offer our praise to the God who invites us all in. Some of us can sing loudly one week, and others of us might weep through the music on that day. So we sing on behalf of one another, when we are able.
I know that some of us think we can’t sing. So we keep silent during the music. Let me challenge you, even if you can’t carry a tune: sing to God anyway. Your voice of praise, out of tune or not, is the music of worship. God is gracious. A song of praise is fitting.
Prayer: Compassionate God, you gather us together as your people in worship. Hear us when we sing your praise aloud in song. Strengthen us when the words catch in our throats. Bless our songs of praise as we offer our thanks for all your grace. We pray and sing in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].