Above all other things, the response to cry out to God in worship is what made David strong, resilient, humble, mighty, victorious, success and brought to him everything else that the rest of us want to see in our own lives. Here’s the thing about seeing what someone else has and hoping the same for yourself and your own life: If you want what they have, you’ll need to do what they did to get it. You have the exact same level of access to the Lord that anyone else does. You have the exact same access to miracles, healing, success, impact and victory that all followers of Christ have. But those things come at a high price that not many are willing to pay.
If you see a marriage you hope yours will one day be like, if you see happiness you wish you could have, if you desire the peace or joy or wholeness that another Christian is walking in- ask them about it. They’ll tell you this: hard work, sacrifice, effort, commitment, setbacks, failure and persistence. Even successful people in the world will tell you that! As for David, not only was he a man after God’s own heart, but he was also successful in the natural world. However, he was not without setbacks or sin. He was not without hard lessons and pain and stupid decisions and consequences. But. More importantly than any human discipline or characteristic that David possessed that made him successful, he possessed this spiritual discipline: He was a worshipper. Good. Bad. Ugly. Painful. Joyful. Angry. Waiting. David worshipped. Here are just a few examples, out of many:
Whatever questions come into your life, praise is always the right answer to everything.
When he needed help, he worshipped. “But I am poor and needy; make haste to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!” (Psalm 70:5)
When he needed success in hard times, he worshipped. “Save us, we ask You, O Lord; O Lord, we ask You, send now success.” (Psalm 118:25)
When David was sad, he worshipped. “You take account of my wandering; put my tears in Your bottle; are they not in Your book? In the day I cry to You, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, that God is for me. In God whose word I praise, in the Lord whose word I praise.” (Psalm 56:8-10)
When he was overwhelmed, he worshipped, “Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate… I meditate on all Your works; I consider the work of Your hands. I stretch forth my hands unto You; my soul thirsts after You as a thirsty land.” (Psalm 143:4-6)
When David was angry, he worshipped. “Pour out Your indignation on them, and may Your wrathful anger overtake them….Add punishment to their iniquity, and do not let them come into Your righteousness…I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 69)
When he had sinned, he worshipped. “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the abundance of Your compassion, blot out my transgressions…Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise.” (Psalm 51)
When God answered his cry, he worshipped. “I waited patiently for the Lord, and He turned to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet on a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God; many will see it, and fear, and will trust in the Lord… May all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; may those who love Your salvation say continually, ‘The Lord is magnified.'” (Psalm 40:1-3, 16)
Thought for today
You literally can never, ever go wrong to praise and worship the Lord. N.E.V.E.R. It is the path to success in your life. Whatever questions come into your life, praise is always the right answer to everything. To praise and worship God was David’s fixation- and his life is the evidence that a heart of worship is what God desires. “I will give You thanks, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forever,” David said. (Psalm 86:12) If you want what David had, you must do what David did. Disciplining yourself to respond to all things in life by worshipping the Lord will take hard work, sacrifice, effort, commitment, setbacks, failure and persistence, but leave the rest up to God. With your whole heart, just worship.
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