Overwhelmed With Thanksgiving

Daily God Walk Wednesday, November 16, 2011

 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord. That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. – Psalm 26:6-8 KJV

 David was a master at writing songs of worship and thanksgiving which not only exalted the Lord God but celebrated the relationship we can have with God.

David seems to be saying that he washes his hands that he might appear before the Lord innocent and clean. Then he speaks of “compassing” the altar. What is meant we aren’t really certain, but it seems that he is making reference to moving about the altar, perhaps in a dance singing songs of celebration.

We get the idea of singing praises from the statement, “That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving and tell of all thy wondrous works.”

I can almost see David dancing, for he was known to dance before the Lord, and singing as he worshipped the Lord giving thanks for all of His wondrous works.

As I read the accounts of the kind of worship and celebration Israel had when David who was not only a gifted king but also a gifted worshipper of the Lord God, I become a bit jealous. There are times I long for the chance to dance around the altar singing praising to my Lord.

Maybe we in the 21st century of Christianity have become just a bit too subdued. Too often we sing the songs of Zion with little enthusiasm and we would never think of singing at the top of our voices and we would certainly never even think of breaking out in a dance. No, we are far too much in control to do such a thing.

Have we become so controlled, so subdued, that we cannot let our emotions flow and broadcast for the world to see and hear our thankfulness for the good things God has done?

Ah, but alas, I will return to worship next Sunday and be a good 21st Century Christian singing softly and praying quietly.

 Prayer: God, give me the courage to sing and dance like David.

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