Reading: Psalm 145: 1-5 and 17-21
Psalm 145 is a song of praise to God. In our worship we call out to God, singing to an “audience of one”, as the saying goes. Verse 18 reads, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth”. As we call out in worship, we offer God our thanksgiving and praise in song. We also call out to draw near to God, to be in God’s presence. When we call out to God, God draws near to us.
Some years in Youth group we are blessed to have a young man or woman who can play the guitar or piano and can sing. These gifted young people bless us by leading our times of worship. Other years we do not have such an individual and by default I lead. Although I do not always maintain the same tempo and play an occasional wrong chord, I can provide the guitar to lead worship. The vocals are another story. I cannot count how many times on of the youth singers has looked at me with the “what are you singing?” look. I smile and we keep on going. I wish I could sing. But I am simply not a good singer. So I make a joyful noise to the Lord.
God does not require our perfection. God desires our presence in worship. God desires that our hearts be fully present in worship. God would much rather have our off key singing with love and passion than our reverent silence. God does bless many with the gift of a good voice. Accordingly, they should lead the worship of the Lord whenever possible. And even the best is not perfect. This matters not either. God desires our joyful worship. God wants us to offer all of ourselves in worship. Each time, as we seek to draw near the Lord, may we offer our audience of one all that we are and all that we have, for it is pleasing in God’s sight when we worship the Lord.