The Greatness and Goodness of God
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous. Praise befits the upright. Praise the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of his mouth. He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle; he put the deeps in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.
Reflection by Monty Wyne
It is fitting that this passage begins with praising the Lord with music. God has expressed His satisfaction with worship through music and musical instruments. God also loves receiving the rejoicing and praise of those who worship Him through song, particularly a new one.
The Psalm goes on to talk about the Lord’s work done in faithfulness and how he created the heavens and the sea and how the world should stand in awe of Him. I stand in awe of God’s creation, of His work, every time I hear the bird’s song in early morning. Every time I see the mountains reaching up to the heavens. Every time I walk by a rushing river or listen to a baby’s laughter.
But, I would have to say the moment I truly sit in awe of God is when I sit down at the piano to play. Yes, I am playing for everyone in the congregation, praying that they enjoy the music. Yes, I want to feel inspired, imbued with energy and spirit and the desire to play like I have never played before. But I know in my heart that won’t happen until I feel God’s touch. Until I sense His presence, know that God is smiling down on me with His approval. That’s when I know the Lord’s hands are directing mine.
It is a very spiritual moment. I am communicating with you and with God through my music. I don’t think there is any greater experience than that. So, next time I play the piano in church, rest assured…God is by my side.
Thank you, God, for the gift of music, for the ability to reach people around you without saying a word.