The Sweet Christian Bride

Thought for the Week: Psalm 81:1

by admin on July 14, 2013 in Communication, Relationship, Thought for the Week with 1 Comment

“Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob” (Psalm 81:1).

I love praise music and singing at church because it gets me singing aloud to God, my strength.  I was struck, however, by the idea of shouting for joy to God.  Occasionally, when I am utterly overwhelmed by God’s goodness or by inexplicable happiness, I’ll shriek with a giddy gratitude for God’s love and the life He has given me.  But as soon as the shout exits my mouth, I feel hindered by embarrassment that someone might have heard me.  Usually I’m in my car.  I’ll steal a look to the drivers on my right and left to see if they heard me shouting.

Your language of praise might be more free than mine, which  is awesome.  If you do feel awkward letting loose in praise to God, know that you aren’t alone, and hear a challenge to treat God with more gratitude and exuberance than you do your fiancé.  You are about to stand before witnesses and declare your love for this special man.  You might even sing him a song, and you will likely dance with him and kiss him in front of everyone.  Even before your wedding, think of all the ridiculous things you have done to communicate your head-over-heals, crazy love for him: standing under his window with a stereo over your head, checking every old bookstore for his original copy that was once sold, showing up at the top of the Empire State Building at a certain time and day, writing him songs, staying up all night, etc.  Consider that your relationship with God far surpasses your relationship with your soon-to-be husband both in significance and in depth of love.  How can you show God that you are crazy in love with Him?

Lord of lords, I delight in You!  You are my first love, and I want everyone to know about You.  Give me courage to be free in expressing my love for You.  Give me a language of praise that is unique to our relationship.  Be ever glorified in my songs, my shouts, my words, and my deeds.  And as I learn to love my husband more and more, let that relationship always be a reflection of my relationship with You and not the other way around.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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