Blog – 1-27-16
Ready or Not!
I’m ready, God, so ready, ready from head to toe. Ready to sing, ready to raise a tune: “Wake up, soul! Wake up, harp! Wake up, lute! Wake up, you sleepyhead sun!”
Psalm 57:7-8 (The Message)
This verse describes perfectly how I feel when I step off the plane in Nashville, “ready to sing, ready to raise a tune!” As I write this blog, I am actually sitting in Nashville and deeply immersed in the creative process. I’ve been here two days and have already written four amazing new songs! Hopefully I will be able to share them with you soon.
In the process of writing one of those songs, I came across this verse; and when I read it the words literally jumped off the page because it captured what I was feeling, extremely excited and ready. It also reminded me of what we used to yell in the game of tag, “Ready or not, here I come!”
It’s interesting to note that when David wrote this Psalm, he was living in a cave, hiding from Saul, who was trying to kill him. Earlier in the Psalm he talks about running to God for dear life and hiding under the shelter of His wings. He goes on to talk about how he finds himself among lions, in other words, in extreme danger. He cries out against the people who have set a trap for him and have fallen into the trap themselves.
This guy is in the middle of a very stressful situation, but what does David do right after listing off all the danger he is facing? He proceeds to praise God with a hymn! It seems that nothing can deter him from being faithful and thanking God in the midst of his trying circumstances. Ready or not, he’s going to praise! This isn’t half-hearted praise either. He is genuinely excited because the Psalm goes on to say in verses 10 and 11:
I’m thanking you, God,
out loud in the streets,
singing your praises i
n town and country.
The deeper your love,
the higher it goes;
every cloud is a flag to your faithfulness.
Soar high in the skies,
Cover the whole earth with your glory!
How does David do that? How does he remain excited and ready to worship in the midst of hardship and heartache? How does he find joy in the midst of struggle?
It’s actually pretty simple…David trusts God. Always and in every situation. David is not letting his circumstances dictate whether he will praise God, but David is relying on his deep conviction that God, no matter what, is good and has his back and deserves to be glorified. David chooses to trust and remain steady in his desire to give God praise. David has a habit of doing this because when David faced Goliath, he stood firm in his faith and said, “ready or not, here I come!” He knew God had it. He stepped forward in extreme faith because he knew his God was bigger than what he was facing.
In this beautiful Psalm, in essence, David says, ready or not, I’m going to give God praise. Whether I’m feeling happy or sad, safe or in danger, relaxed or stressed out, God deserves my praise.
What could your praise sound like in the middle of a stressful situation? How would it sound if you thanked God in the streets? Whether we feel ready to praise…or not, God deserves to be glorified. And if we truly trust him, we will be able to give Him honest and heartfelt praise if we feel ready or not!
Hugs and love,