“The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” Psalm 118:14
I have been moved so deeply recently by the power of worship music. I find myself often going through seasons of what I listen to, and some seasons are more full of secular music than Christian. But what I find when I switch these two genres is that I am more at peace and more connected to God as I sing to Him.
I love Psalm 118:14 because David declares that he has made God his song, the melody he sings out in strength as a declaration of good over his life. We also see this same idea throughout God’s word: Exodus 15:2, Isaiah 12:2, and Psalm 89:1. Each time, the author of each book declares God to be his song, and I find I want to do the same in my life.
There are so many times when the craziness of the everyday tries to steal me away from my worship. It’s easier to scroll through Instagram, fold that pile of laundry that has been sitting for two days too long, or focus my attention somewhere else in general. My flesh often does not want to worship. But more deeply, my spirit knows it’s what I need to find peace, experience joy, and connect with God throughout my day.
Every time I put away the distractions and turn the worship music loud, I’m so glad I did it. I even try to start every morning with worship music playing to get my heart in the right place before I begin my long to-do list. Below is one of those songs I can’t stop listening to, that reminds me of God’s goodness in my life. He is my strength, my song, and the joy of my salvation. As we learn to worship more and more, may we come to know this more fully, too.
“You meet me on the mountain top You see me in the valley low There is no home without You here
I find You in the crowded thoughts You quiet all the question marks There is no space Your love won’t fill
I’ll trade all my fear for peace of mind All my heaviness for burdens light
And this will be my song That You are always good I’ll sing it all day long That You are always good And when the day is through, I am left with You are always, You are always good”