worship with abandon

What a beautiful voice sang out over the other voices during ‘Blessed Be the Name of the Lord’.  Little Ariel at under a year old knew not the lyrics or tune yet sang with all the air in her little lungs.  From my vantage point behind the podium I saw many smiles at her excitement.

Yet I believe the joy in the sanctuary could not compare the the delight God experienced over little Ariel’s worship.  The words of David came to mind-

“From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise.”  Psalm 8:2 (NIV, 1984)

Now for a little self reflection.  How often do I praise God with such full abandon?  Do I let myself be more consumed with the quality, or lack of, in my voice?  Am I more consumed with what others will think of me if I praise God like I know he deserves to be?

When David brought the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem, he danced and praised God with abandon.  In response, his wife Michal criticized his expression of worship.  Yet David was unfazed as he replied-

“I will celebrate before the Lord.  I will become even more undignified that this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.”  2 Samuel 6: 21-22 (NIV, 1984)

Lord, thank you for using young Ariel to give me pause and make me reflect.  You are worthy of all praise!  You deserve eery effort and word in worship!  Give me a heart like David to worship with such abandon!  Amen!

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