Proactive Praise

Would it be true to say that, most often, we praise God after something He’s done? That we thank Him, usually, as a response to having received? Not saying this isn’t right. Throughout the psalms there is exhortation to sing His praise as we remember His acts of deliverance. Worship is evoked as we reflect on His mighty works. But something the songwriter pens in Psalm 108 grabs me this morning and has me chewing on how good it is to practice proactive praise.

My heart is steadfast, O God!
   I will sing and make melody with all my being!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
   I will awake the dawn!   (Psalm 108:1-2 ESV)

David woke up singing! Rolled out of bed and struck up the band. Harp! Do your thing! Lyre! Come alive! Time to get up sun, we’ve got some praisin’ to do!

Ok, maybe not quite like that. But the songwriter’s picture is certainly one of starting the day with some serious worship going on.

I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the peoples;
   I will sing praises to You among the nations.
For Your steadfast love is great above the heavens;

Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
   Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let Your glory be over all the earth!   (Psalm 108:3-5 ESV)

And this start-the-day-with-praise attitude is all that more incredible when you consider that the season David is experiencing is not a “mountain top” one. In fact, there’s a war going on . . . literally. Later in the song he’s petitioning God for deliverance and help against his enemies. David’s doing hard life but still wakes up singing. How come?

My heart is steadfast, O God!

A steadfast heart, it seems, is an effective catalyst for proactive praise.

Firmly fixed on Jehovah. Securely determined to believe He is always in control. Unwaveringly confident that God is good . . . and good all the time.

If God is for us, who can be against us? (Rom. 8:31) If the LORD really is my light and my salvation, if He truly is my stronghold, then whom shall I fear? Of whom shall I be afraid? (Ps. 27:1) If no one can snatch me from the Great Shepherd’s hand (Jn. 10:29); if the One in me is greater than he who is in the world (1Jn. 4:4), then why wouldn’t I, despite the current season or circumstance, awake the dawn with thanksgiving and worship?

If I believe all that to be true, then my heart will be steadfast. My stability found in Him and Him alone.

And from a steadfast heart, proactive praise can usher in my day.

By His grace. For His glory.

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