What happens when that hymn of praise you are singing sounds more like a whimper? Lets take a peak at our scripture.
Psalm 30 (NKJV)
I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up,
And have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried out to You,
And You healed me.
O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave;
You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.
Now in my prosperity I said,
“I shall never be moved.”
Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong;
You hid Your face, and I was troubled.
I cried out to You, O Lord;
And to the Lord I made supplication:
“What profit is there in my blood,
When I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You?
Will it declare Your truth?
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me;
Lord, be my helper!”
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Let’s Think About It Together
I’m stuck on the word ‘extol’.
Extol means to praise enthusiastically, exclaim, exalt, or to to overpraise. What does it feel like to extol or overpraise the Lord our God? I’ll tell you. I remember clearly a time not long ago when it felt difficult to praise God. My heart had been broken into a million pieces. My world had been shattered and I was completely drained of any sensible emotion. Although I lifted my voice to praise my Heavenly Father, all that came out was a whimper. The chorus of Amazing Grace was a bit off key and lacked enthusiasm.
Have you been there?
Perhaps you are there right this very minute?
It’s not a wonderful place which is why it is of upmost importance we remember that God is right there too. When your hearts is broken and your world has been torn apart, those whimpers of praise are the ones He hears the loudest. It is from those pits of despair David refers to that our relationship becomes stronger and the steps of our daily walk become more in tune.
Once you’ve walked through the depths of the storm with God, then you learn what it feels like to extol, to overpraise the Lord your God in a way never imagined.
Let’s Pray About it Together
Dearest Heavenly Father, we are so thankful that you accept the praise of a broken heart. Please help us to understand you are always with us and we can rest assured you hear the whimpers of our shattered moments just as loudly as the times whne our lives feel a little more put together.
Take care until we meet again.