I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing Your praise before the heavenly beings. I will bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your constant love and faithfulness. You have exalted Your name and Your promise above everything else. On the day I called, You answered me; You increased strength within me. All the kings on earth will give You thanks, Lord, when they hear what You have promised. They will sing of the Lords ways, for the Lord’s glory is great (Psalm 138 vv. 1-5).
King David has a full-hearted faith that he expresses uniquely and creatively. In these deeply satisfying verses, David praises the Lord before the gods of the pagans!
Dr. Elton Trueblood, in his book Alternative to Futility, said some time ago— The basic defect of the Protestant churches lies not in their divided condition but in their insipidity. They show so little imagination. The same kind of dull and lifeless service is repeated endlessly, whatever the occasion. We are in a time of crisis when we need a dynamic fellowship to turn the world upside down. What we are offered is a stereotype. A man, having become convinced that we are in a race with catastrophe, may seek the very bread of life, but in practice he is forced to sing sentimental songs with words he does not mean, listen to some comforting platitudes, and finally shake the minister’s hand at the door, because there is no other way to escape! In short, this kind of church illustrates Professor Whitehead’s dictum perfectly. “It is in full decay because it lacks the element of adventure.”
We need adventurous fellowship. Like David, we need to take our stand boldly before the gods, ” declaring our faith and singing praise to the Lord!
I long to praise you, Lord, wholeheartedly, courageously, and creatively. As I bow before you, inspire me with songs of praise and worship.
The Language of Music
A solemn promise or assertion by which a person binds himself to an act, service, or condition.