No matter where you travel - from the darkest jungle to the highest mountain - you will find some type of music. It could be rap or rock and roll, hip-hop or jazz, rhythm and blues or opera, music for a marching band, the painful music of the pagan, the repetitive Middle Eastern style, or the majesty of hymns or worship music. All music makes a statement about the one who is making it and the ones who are listening.
Sometimes the music sounds sad and sorrowful or joyful and uplifting. Then again it might be the music of marches that stirs up our patriotism on the Fourth of July. Music can bring tears to our eyes or a smile to our face when it reminds us of a loved one. When we sit quietly in church or lift our arms to God, it can elevate our hearts to His presence or excite our senses when we hear music that proclaims the glory of God’s goodness and grace, love, and salvation. But can there be more?
Of course! The Psalmist wrote of the music that should always fill the heart of a Christian: “Praise the Lord, O my soul, all my inmost being, praise His holy Name!”
Praise, in the life of the believer, is personal. If we remind ourselves of the work of Jesus while on this earth, we remember that He did His greatest works with individuals. Even when He was dying on the cross for our sins, He ministered to the one next to Him: “Lord,” he cried, “remember me!” And Jesus said, “This day you will be with me in heaven!” Even as our prayer for pardon is personal, so should our praise to our God be personal. When praise becomes personal, it works from the inside out!
Prayer: Lord, fill our hearts with praise! May our souls be filled with songs of joy and hymns of gladness, always! Let our praise fill our lives with hope! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Praise the Lord, O my soul, all my inmost being, praise His holy Name. Psalm 103:1