I have been journeying through the book of Psalm daily with the help of the Discipleship Plan (highly recommend this!). I could stay in this book all day long - the poetry, the songs, to read of how to respond to my Creator, to worship alone, to worship with the body!
God is teaching me something through the book of Psalm. He is teaching me that as a believer I am not called to silence, to be silent. But instead, I am called to praise & proclamation - not for a moment, but for a lifetime, a life of praise, of proclaiming Him. Isnt that what the book of Psalm is all about?
I see this playing out in 3 different areas: in your own heart, in the church, and to unbelievers.
For your own heart, I believe this means slowing down, being present, mind & heart active in taking account of God’s hand in your day, of finding reasons to rejoice. “You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them,yet they are more than can be told.” v. 5-6
AND friends we ALWAYS have a reason to rejoice. God has rescued us, God has pursued us and continues to. He has blessed and continues to bless. God is active in your life and He is active in mine. It’s a matter of vision, a matter of seeing His hand. There is no one way in pursuing to be present, in developing a vision. The beauty is that the Holy Spirit will lead you differently. The goal is for us to learn that He is not just in the big details, decisions, & matter of life, but He is over the small details as well. You will begin to see how active God is & how He is actively caring for you. And when you begin to SEE you then will begin to TELL.
So what happens when we begin to tell of God’s active hand?
Read what the author states in Psalm 40 …
"I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation, behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD. I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.” Psalm 40: 9-10
We encourage the body. We break down barriers of thinking we have to have it all together. We rally one another to be in AWE of our Savior! I believe that testimonies need to happen more & more when we gather as a body. I just experienced this when attending a new church here in France. A fellow sister stood up during the gathering and spoke up about God’s faithfulness, about His perfect timing in the midst of her trials.
Oh how my heart forgets God though I love Him. Testimonies help us to REMEMBER that our God is loving - a reliable, steadfast love, faithful, merciful, gracious, sovereign, & righteous. That He DELIGHTS in His people. That He CARES for His people. That our God preserves & protects.
Hear Paul speak to the church of Acts, ”how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house … for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.” acts 20:20, 27
It is a sad & fearful thought to restrain, to conceal, to hide the works of our Lord. What damage could be done to the body and to the spread of the gospel… We are called to boldness in our proclamation. Let us speak. Let us speak with boldness so that we encourage, comfort, remind, and strengthen the body!
And when we are doing all of this - praising, proclaiming & pursuing our God-TOGETHER, we are going to give reasons for unbelievers to ask questions. We are going to want to tell them about our God. We will give them a REASONfor doing so.
Here’s to a life of praising, of proclamation of our great God! All for a deeper trust in Him, a deeper love for Him!
"I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” Ps 9:1-2
Here are a few thoughts, a few ways I have tried to pursue praise & proclamation:
- when reading Scripture, underline underline God’s actions, what He does. This has drawn my focus to God & helps me to learn more about His character.
- start journaling. Does not have to be exhaustive! I have tried to answer the question “where did I see God’s hand today?” in a small journal that I keep in my purse. It’s a matter of asking the right questions & I believe this is one of them. So even it’s a few lines, the few lines will bring your mind & heart back to a place of praise!
- Photography has been another outlet for me in pursuing a vision of our God. To document things He is doing in my life & the lives around me.
Are there things that help you to praise God & proclaim His works?