Sustaining Worship, from Morning to Evening
“It is good…to declare Your steadfast love in the morning,
and Your faithfulness by night.” (Psalm 92:2)
Life is busy. Each morning I review my “to-do” list and jump into the stream of life and swim – sometimes with the current and sometimes against. I have a picture in mind of a salmon swimming upstream to return each year to its hatching ground. It swims and jumps, avoids obstacles, but is often carried back by the strength of the current. Sometimes the fish has a hard time!
Like the salmon, I find that some days are more difficult than others. These are the days that I wake up late, after a long rehearsal or other activity the night before, and I just can’t seem to get on top of the day. My prep time for the day is rushed, I may skip breakfast or other morning task, and I begin the day “swimming up stream.” By the end of the day I’m exhausted and irritable.
I’m not sure that we can entirely avoid the busy lifestyle that has become the status quo in our culture. However, through daily renewal with Scripture and prayer we can combat feelings of frustration in our busy world. We can allow Scripture to focus our minds and help us to think in ways that remind us of God’s work in our lives – whether we are busy or relaxed.
I’ve noticed the way the Psalmist began and ended his day in our verse. I think he gives us a good pattern to emulate. First, he begins the day by declaring “Your steadfast love.” What might he be thinking? Simply put, even on busy days we can have a particular verse that will remind us of our dignity in the eyes of God. Specifically, that God has promised to sustain His creation, or give us guidance when needed, or supply needed strength in difficulty. The idea that God has promised His love to us, and that His love is “steadfast” and immovable, is a source of security and rest.
This kind of reminder in the morning can help sustain us throughout the day, and into the evening. It may be especially important during those times of worship ministry that seem more hectic than others. Many of us work or care for our families full-time, and the daily responsibilities weigh us down. We come to rehearsals, or Sunday services, exhausted and needing His strength to carry us through physically, emotionally and spiritually. All of which He will do if we are willing to trust in His strength and not our own.
Secondly, the Psalmist comes to the end of his day and declares “Your faithfulness by night.” I found this to be intriguing, because it necessarily builds from declaring His enduring love in the morning. As we navigate through the day, and as life swirls around us, God is faithful to fulfill the promises of His love that we declared in the morning. Once we come to the end of the day, we can take some time and reflect on how we saw God’s hand in our circumstances, and felt His touch through our interactions with others.
The opportunity to reflect upon God’s faithfulness can be a solitary one, or can be entered into with a friend, or with a worship team. We can be deliberate in relating God’s faithfulness when asked, “How was your day?” We can be clear when reflecting and offering praises and requests for a time of prayer during a rehearsal. God has abundantly loved us and been faithful to His promises, and we can share His faithfulness freely.
In summary, this one verse we have an excellent pattern, a process, which we can employ to engage our daily routines. We may experience setbacks, like the salmon carried away in the stream, but we are able to overcome frustration and setbacks by focusing on His love. We can declare His love in the morning, look for His love displayed throughout the day, and praise Him for His faithfulness at night. What a great opportunity to mold our thinking to His daily work in the midst of our daily work!
Father, I am grateful to know Your promises and look for their fulfillment. As I work today, help me to see Your love in action that I might praise You for your faithfulness at night. Amen.
Posted on September 8, 2015, in Content of Worship, Corporate Worship, Leadership, theology, Worship Leader and tagged Mark Sooy, theology, worship, worship leader, WorshipThink. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.