So hear me now, Lord; show me your famous mercy. O God, be my Savior and rescue me! Then he broke through and transformed all my wailing into a whirling dance of ecstatic praise!
He has torn the veil and lifted from me the sad heaviness of mourning. He wrapped me in the glory garments of gladness. How could I be silent when it’s time to praise you?
Now my heart sings out loud, bursting with joy—a bliss inside that keeps me singing,
“I can never thank you enough!” Psalm 30:10-12 NLT
What a perfect way to end the week, with a shout of praise! You see, regardless of the twists and turns, the threats and challenges, life’s ups and downs, God is forever faithful. I refuse to wait until things look perfect before I worship. In fact, when there is a sacrifice to our worship, when it comes from a broken and contrite spirit, it seems to do so much more–it get’s God’s attention.
Sometimes at the most difficult moments, when my tears over-rode my faith, I saw God step in as if to say, “Remember when you worshipped me this morning? Your thankfulness in the chaos caused me to look closer. It got my attention and I sent my angels to elevate you to a better vantage point.”
I don’t know about you, but elevation has it’s advantages. When you stand above, you can more easily see what’s going on and sometimes, that’s all you need to survive. It’s like Psalm 91:1 says; They who dwell in the secret place shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. When His wings cover me, I don’t need to see or understand, it’s just nice to feel safe and secure.
Like David, I come before You with thanksgiving and enter into Your courts with praise. I’m thankful for Your hand on our lives, for the moment by moment sense of my hand in Yours. You constantly lead me beside still waters and restore my soul. I may walk on a cliffs edge, but because You’re with me, I won’t fear because I know You’re with me. Your rod of correction comforts me. Time and time again, You’ve prepared a feast for me in the middle of the battle field to assure me of the victory that is mine.
I cannot go anywhere where You are not there. I cannot escape Your watchful eye nor run from Your goodness. Your unmerited grace and favor are constant companions wherever I go. There’s no place I’d rather be than here in Your Love.