One of the essential ways that we magnify the Lord is through praise, worship, and adoration. Psalm 147:2 says, “While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.”
New songs come from within. They bubble up because we are so full from gazing at the Lord. We sing them back to an audience of One. They are a form of heart-worship that is not practiced, nor something thought out nor perfected. The songs bubble like a spontaneous combustion of inner joy. It is the heart-praise-fruit of communion with the Lord.
David wrote Psalm 63. I can just imagine him sitting before the Lord, allowing his heart to be filled with wonder and awe. Verse 3-4 says, “Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.”
Verse 5 in the Amplified says, “My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.”
Yesterday afternoon I continued my reading in the book of Acts. I read Gamaliel’s advice in chapter 5:33-40. Verse 39 says, “But if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it–lest you even be found to fight against God.”
Fact: COVID19 has been allowed by God. He has the power to stop it, but He hasn’t. It made me pause. I asked the Lord how He wanted me to pray about this pandemic. He said: Praise Me. My character never changes.
2 Chronicles 20:22 says, “Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes…and they were defeated.” When Judah was about to be overrun by the enemy, the Lord gave specific instructions to the king. Verse 21 says, “…he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness…”
Let us collectively spend part of our prayer time praising the Lord for His character that never changes. Psalm 36 5-6 names three of them: mercy, faithfulness, and righteousness.” I would encourage you to write out as many of the Lord’s attributes that you can think of. Then as you gaze upon Him in your quiet time, let your heart be filled with wonder and awe, and express that back to Him in new songs.