It is good to praise the LORD
and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
and the melody of the harp.
For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD;
I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
How great are your works, LORD,
how profound your thoughts!
Senseless people do not know,
fools do not understand,
that though the wicked spring up like grass
and all evildoers flourish,
they will be destroyed forever.
But you, LORD, are forever exalted.
For surely your enemies, LORD,
surely your enemies will perish;
all evildoers will be scattered.
You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox;
fine oils have been poured on me.
My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;
my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
planted in the house of the LORD,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,
proclaiming, “The LORD is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
The Sons of Korah begin this psalm by saying: It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High. They remind us of the importance of worshiping and praising God, especially through music and song. Worship is not just a routine or a tradition; it is a powerful expression of our love, gratitude, and reverence for God. We connect with God through worship, experiencing his presence, and deepening our relationship with him.
Let me give you four reasons to worship God.
One, worship opens the doors of our hearts. When we engage in worship, our hearts become receptive to God's love and guidance. Through music and song, we create an atmosphere where we can let go of our worries, fears, and distractions. As we lift our voices in praise, we invite the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, transforming us from the inside out.
Two, worship connects us with God and others. Worship is not just a personal experience; it is a communal act. When we gather as a community of believers to worship, we join together in unity, lifting our voices as one to honor and adore God. In this corporate worship, we experience the beauty of fellowship and the power of being part of the body of Christ.
Three, worship invites God's presence. We see numerous instances in Scripture where worship and praise draw God's presence. When we worship with authenticity, we create a space for God to dwell among us. The psalmist says, "But you are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel" (Psalm 22:3). When we worship, God inhabits our praises.
Four, worship transforms us. Worship has the power to transform our hearts and minds. When we focus our attention on God and declare his goodness, our perspective shifts from us to him. Consequently, it helps us to realign our priorities, refocus our thoughts, and surrender our lives to God's will. Through worship, we are reminded of God's faithfulness, love, and grace, which strengthens our faith and renews our spirits.
May we worship God wholeheartedly and let our praises resound in heaven and earth.
God bless you.