Day 2

Worship Through Song

Psalm 33:1-9, Psalm 147:1-9, Exodus 15:19-21, Acts 16:16-34, Colossians 3:16

BY Guest Writer

My emotions have been a bit up and down lately. I’ve been writing songs in fits and starts, leaving chords and scribbled notes in papers on the piano, unfinished and forgotten. This is an especially dynamic time for our family as we have recently welcomed a new baby. But as we shift into this new season of life, I find I am once again comforted by chords and lyrics, by the act of praising and worshiping God through them. I find rest when I call to mind these words from the psalmist: “For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does” (Psalm 33:4 NIV). Our God has made all things with His own hands, and with every new season and turning of our lives, He invites us to sing a new song to Him.

In the midst of all these changes, I try to live in the moment, to be present and take it all in stride. But the thing about living in the moment is that it’s wrapped up in the weather, the mood I’m in, what I ate for lunch, how much sleep I’ve had, or how stressed I am about work obligations. Emotions are the fuel and the energy of our daily rhythms; they provide the movement of our lives. Created by God, our emotions are good and can teach us things about who we are, who our God is, and who our neighbor is; however, in and of themselves, our emotions are not trustworthy and ought not be left in charge to guide our lives. This is where worship can come into play.

Worship can lasso the wild horses of shame, gladness, anger, loneliness, and sadness and then corral them inside the fence of truth. Worship is restorative; it is the corrective to our emotional ups and downs. It turns the disharmony of our circumstances into the resonant harmonies of a new song. Worship is not just about living in the moment; it is an honest look at who we are in light of who God is, of where we’ve been and where we are going.

Through worship and song, God invites us into a deeper relationship with Him. He reveals more of Himself through the act of worship, and as a result, our spirits, minds, and bodies are realigned to His reality—not what we perceive our circumstances to be through the lens of emotion. God provides and sustains in all things, and He teaches us to sing new songs of praise, new ways to worship Him within each new twist and turn of life, in times of both joy and sorrow.

There’s an old gospel hymn that says, “I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free.” But when we go through times of difficulty or transition that are disorientating, how do we keep worshiping? When awakened in the middle of the night with a newborn baby, or rising in the morning after a break-up, or standing on the grass at a loved one’s funeral, or in the slow delays of a long illness—how do we keep on singing?

It takes faith to believe in what we cannot see, to sing ourselves forward into hope. Worship is the practice of faith, of aligning our spirits with God’s kingdom reality; singing is what comes out on the other side. These words seem to spring up out of a deep well of gratitude within the psalmist, who says, “Hallelujah! How good it is to sing to our God” (Psalm 147:1).

Sandra McCracken is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Nashville, TN. Over the course of ten critically acclaimed studio albums, Sandra has developed a body of work that encompasses hook-driven melodic pop, No Depression-style Americana, contemporary recastings of classic hymns, and even children’s music as part of the Nashville alt-folk super-group Rain For Roots. Her newest album, Songs from the Valley, was released this spring.

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  1. Chanika Colbert says:

    I just started this study yesterday. I chose it in the hope to do a deeper dive into why worship impacts me and moves me the way it does. And in just two days, I’m already beginning to see and understand. I can’t even begin to describe the overwhelming, sweeping peace that is washing through me for this realization. There is SO much beauty in His all knowing ways; knowing I was led to this study to find what I was seeking. I pray He continues to order my steps and that I follow w/o hesitation or question.

  2. Candace Bray says:

    I am going to sing praises to my Lord in the midst of so much upsetting turmoil. I’m trying to figure out what praise or worship songs will appeal to my kinder and 7th grade kids. Any ideas let me know.

    1. Sabrina Huggins says:

      Jesus love is ah bubbling over, Jesus love is ah bubbling over, Jesus love is ah bubbling over hallelujah.

      I sang this as a child in Sunday school, a chorus to repeat and reminds kids that Jesus love never ends and is never limited.

  3. Elise Almendarez says:

    I’m grateful that even the aknowledgement of God is an act of worship and that He listens!

  4. Jane Damaris Agyarko says:

    Without realising it, we find that sometimes in the most dire times, a song of worship pops up in our heads and brings much needed comfort.

    1. Paige Buatt says:

      So true. This is happening for me lately.

  5. Keva Richardson says:

    Praise him in the morning. Praise him in noonday. Praise him all the day long. Thank you God for giving us the opportunity to align with you through song. Amen.

  6. Skylar Rogers says:

    I love reading that worship is “aligning our spirits with Gods kingdom reality” that’s so beautifully stated!!! That no matter what turn our life is taking whether good or bad we are to worship him. I hope that I can focus on kingdom reality more and more <33

  7. Leanne Pope says:

    It is so hard to push emotions to the side. Overwhelmed is what I have been feeling lately but I’m thankful that my family is in a tide of change right now. I find myself being able to let go more and more each week at service and really starting to feel the presence of God.

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