Short daily devotionals for the socially distanced. These are thoughts from my daily time in the word. I use a bible reading plan that will have me in a different section of Scripture every day.
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Today’s content comes from a series of devotions I wrote on the Psalms. You can find them here.
Sunday, May 3rd
Reading: Psalms 53-57
7My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.
8Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
— Psalm 57:7-8 (ESV)
I was in the line to order a coffee not long ago at one of my favorite coffee spots. I am a pretty simple coffee order kind of guy. Cappucino. Sometimes a skinny if I am having a bloaty day. The person in front of me ordered a decaf, soy, honey and almond latte, with cinnamon sprinkle. That level of pretense or decaffeinated complexity shouldn’t be allowed in a civilized society.
It got me thinking though. We live in a very “custom” age. We can trick anything out to bespoke levels so that we can always have something just the way we like it. From cuts of jeans, to specs on cars, everything can be made to tickle our particular desire and fancy. It has made us into quite a demanding people actually. People whose needs need to be met, because that is what we are used to.
We have brought this attitude into our worship of God, and even into our general attitude toward God. If He does what I think He should do, then He gets worship. When we gather (hopefully soon), if the band plays a particular style at a particular volume, then you will have my attention.
David isn’t getting a custom God when he writes Psalm 57. In fact, nothing is working out the way he would like. He was living in exile in a cave. It wasn’t what he ordered.
His response was incredible though. He didn’t wait for God to impress him towards worship. He didn’t wait until he felt like it. He decided he would sing truth whether he felt like it or not. He made a determination to sing and make music about the goodness of God.
Are you perhaps in danger of treating God like your barista in the sky? Are you waiting for him to conjure up just the right custom mix for you before you are moved to praise and serve him? Or will you like David, make a determination to worship?
We may not get the outcome we want out of all of this. But, we do get God, and He is always worthy of worship.
Father God, forgive me for testing your goodness by placing it within the confines of my customized view of how you should be good to me. Teach me to be more steadfast and committed to praising you for who you are and not just for what I think you should provide for me.