Rejoicing In Praise of God
Too often, our hearts are downcast in considering things of this earth which pass away. We were created to live in praise of God’s glory. Praise lifts the heart out of its doldrums so that it may sing to the heavens. Who cannot rejoice in the midst of praising God?
“Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!” (Psalm 95.2)
In Praise of God’s Love
God’s love is the greatest treasure:
A cosmos of creative grace,
Spawning new life beyond measure —
Encompassing all time and space.
God’s love’s embodied in the Word
Made Flesh — in Him who loved us first;
The heart which praises Him is stirred,
To long for Him with a great thirst.
Yearning uplifts the heart to hear
The Word — engendering His love
And life in the soul who’s drawn near
This fount of joy which wells above.
Joy is the fruit of love which flows,
Through souls in streams of grace outpoured;
The heart which prays most surely knows
This joy in praising Christ the Lord!
The heart which praises Him beholds
Creation’s joy as love unfolds.
“My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.” (Psalm 84.2)
Holy Spirit, animate my heart with joy in praise and song! May a melody of joy forever play in our hearts. Amen.
(c) Paul Buis, 2009