I am enjoying the beginning of this year focused on the language of prayer. Five Psalms a day, once through the book each month. Today’s Psalms – 96 through 100 – are filled with praise. Which is nice after the raw voice of wilderness prayers.
++ Sing + Shout + Ascribe + Worship + Declare + Tremble + Say + Rejoice + Let Them Praise + Exalt + Enter With Thanksgiving + Give Thanks ++
Praise is never routine, a mechanical movement through liturgical order. Praise is music, combining rhythm, voice, breath, and heart. Though similar, all praise is creative, an awareness of God-created, God-sustained, God-ordained, God-favored beauty that releases the light of Christ into our ordinary thoughts and prayers.
We sing. We dance. We marvel at light through the trees. The cool-wet spray of ocean wind on our skin. The taste of a red raspberry on our tongue, plucked fresh from the vine.
To feel fully alive, we engage our senses and look for opportunities to “sing a new song” in each day.
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. (vs. 1,2)