So, for quite a while now our worship leaders (hereafter known as J&J) have been hoping to have an all worship service on a Sunday morning. Yesterday was the day they were able to make it a reality - so today's blog is about Psalm 113, which is a psalm with a whole lot of guidance regarding our worship.
When I opened my Bible this morning, I was pretty excited to read this psalm. After yesterday's worship service, and after enjoying the blessing of spending time in prayer daily last week for the all worship Sunday, reading the 113th psalm was like opening a surprise present from the Lord. In the NLT it reads as follows:
Praise the LORD!
Yes, give praise, O servants of the LORD.
Praise the name of the LORD!
Blessed be the name of the LORD
forever and ever.
Everywhere - from east to west -
praise the name of the LORD.
For the LORD is high above the nations;
is glory is far greater than the heavens.
Who can be compared with the LORD our God,
who is enthroned on high?
Far below him are the heavens and the earth.
He stoops to look,
and he lifts the poor from the dirt
and the needy from the garbage dump.
He sets them among princes,
even the princes of his own people!
He gives the barren woman a home,
so that she becomes a happy mother.
Praise the LORD!
Isn't that great counsel regarding worship?! I think J&J pretty much nailed this yesterday during worship. His servants are to give Him praise, His name is to be blessed forever and everywhere, He is high above the nations and His glory is far greater than the heavens, none can be compared to Him, He alone stoops to look at us below, and He alone is able to lift the poor from the dirt and the needy from the garbage pile, only our God would set the poor and needy among princes, only our Lord would allow meager people to be among the princes of His chosen people, and my favorite part of this psalm as a mom who homeschools - verse 9 - He gives the barren woman a home, so that she becomes a happy mother.
I love verse 9 so much that over the summer when we painted our family room, I wanted the paint color to coordinate with a piece of wall art I had seen in a catalog. The piece now hangs in the family room above the entryway to the kitchen, which is where most of our school day takes place, and it says "Be a joyful mother of children." which is the NIV version of Psalm 113:9 (at least I'm pretty sure it's NIV, but my memory isn't what it used to be, so forgive me if I'm wrong!)
Don't you love God's Word? He is so awesome, so amazing - He has this powerful psalm of praise that speaks of Who He is, and He ends it by mentioning motherhood. I LOVE that!! I also love that this particular psalm not only teaches me how to worship, it not only magnifies the Lord, it tells me that I am to be a joyful mother to my children - and that I glorify Him by being a joyful mother.
Have a joyful mothering kind of day!
Day 9 done :)
Jan L. Burt
A special "attaboy" to J&J for faithfully fulfilling God's call on their lives in leading our body to a place of authentic worship. This post is for you guys :)