Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance. Psalm 89:15 NKJV
The iconic Rocky Balboa theme song evokes images of a determined comeback. We love the familiar staccato horn cadence at the beginning of the song. You are probably humming the da ta ta da tune already. Music ties experiences and emotions together.
The Psalmist understood the sounds of worship coming from the temple courts. These were not soundproof sanctuaries like we have today. The trumpets and drums were designed to be heard throughout the city as a call to worship. Listening to the melodies invites one to remember the words associated with the tunes.
The Psalmist takes it a step further by adding a blessing to those who become intimately familiar with the sounds of worship. There is a blessing specific for those whose hearts are in tune with songs linked to the worship of God. Their ears hear the melodies rising above the clamor and noise of daily life. One foot is always pointed in the direction of following after God’s heart, with the other foot falling in step at the next drum beat.
The second part of the verse adds more depth to the blessing. They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance. The phrase light of Your countenance is synonymous with walking in God’s favor. Walking is an expression of the totality of your daily experiences. It is not segmented or compartmentalized into a 2-hour service on Sunday. It would incorporate your sleeping, eating, entertainment, workday, and hanging out times. The Psalmist links God’s favor for the totality of life to those who are moved by the sounds of worship.
We are so blessed to have music of all types available to us electronically. The best worship songs connect an honoring view of the character of God, His gracious activities, the sacrificial love of Jesus, and the redemption for those who are broken and in need of a Savior.
What are your “go-to” songs to reconnect you with worship and praise? Just as I Am? Shout to the Lord? Agnus Dei? Bethel Music? Elevation Worship? Maverick City? Chris Tomlin? Cody Carnes? Stephen Curtis Chapman? Michael W Smith? or Tasha Cobbs? Eddie James? or Hillsong? These songs and artist help lead us into God’s presence.
We can occupy our lives with many activities. There is blessing and favor that follows those who engage and unite worship into all aspects of life. You don’t have to worship all the time, although that sounds a little like the atmosphere of heaven. Instead, be intentional about “leaning” into worship songs to help you regain your focus on what is lasting and eternal.
In the movie Rocky, he only needed a few blasts from the trumpets to work harder and scale the steps. So what worship music will motivate you today toward bringing heaven to earth?
Blessings. Love yall