Psalm 103: 1-5

The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

Last week I told you about the awesome and surreal blessing of finding and meeting my biological father. Thank you for all of you who have celebrated  this with me.

I wanted to dive a little further into how David was reminding himself of God's goodness during his time of worship in Psalm 103. You can look at all 150 Psalms and see him reminding himself of God's goodness and promises time and time again. Many people would probably think I was crazy or weird if they were able to see me when I am driving alone or by myself working in the yard etc. Why? Well, I talk to myself a lot. When I am having a bad day, feeling depressed, or feeling like a failure, I often have to remind myself of what God says about me. When I am struggling with frustration, anger, and pride, I have to remind myself what Gods word says and put myself in check. 

During times of worship it is no different. When I am singing to the Lord, I am often singing to myself as well. I don't know if any of you have seen me leading worship, when I lose it for a second or get choked up? Well it is because the words or phrase I am singing or just sang impacts me and permeates my heart in such a way, it causes an involuntary reaction that I can not control. Weather it be through tears, a shout of joy, or an uncontrollable need to lift my hands in surrender and praise. But I had to be intentional at first. I had to be what others would call WEIRD in order to get the blessing He has for me. I had to talk myself into it. 

I was watching "The Voice" the other night and couldn't help but be absolutely dumbfounded at the sight of people raising their hands, with their eyes closed, as if worshiping, because one of the contestants was doing a really good job at singing a song by Aretha Franklin. No question this girl had some major vocal chops. But people where practically worshiping her or the song, but not God! The song had absolutely nothing to do with God. Then I look at people in churches standing as straight as a board and show absolutely no emotion or gratitude to Jesus for His sacrifice, salvation, and grace. Yet the minute a song from there childhood or one of there favorite rock, rap, r&b, techno, classical, bluegrass, or country songs come on, they get all fired up!

Those people may call you weird for worshiping a God who paid  the ransom for your heart, laid himself on a cross, and called you to a life of abundance and freedom. To often Christians allow what the world thinks to hold them back from true worship and commitment. I encourage anyone who reads these words, to stop caring what the world thinks especially where it concerns your relationship and worship to the Living God.

2 Samuel 6:16
As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart. 

David didn't care what she or anyone else thought. He was gonna worship God with his whole heart, his whole body regardless of what people "might" think.  He then says to her in verses 21 - 22, "It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord's people of Israel - I WILL CELEBRATE BEFORE THE LORD. I will become even more undignified than this and I will be humiliated in my own eyes!" 

Dan Ousley- Worship Leader- StoneBridge Baptist Church