Get Engaged with Praise

“Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.” (Psalm 57:8)

Whether you are a morning person or an evening person does not matter. What comes out of our mouths every day truly does. The psalmist is calling on himself to get engaged with praise and we should consider doing the very same thing ourselves each and every day. Notice the self-talk here and in other passages of Scripture. Surely, like the writer of this Psalm, you have talked to yourself at times, as well. A man once said, “This is how I am assured of having an intelligent conversation.” If you need motivation, tell yourself to get up, get awake and get actively praising the Lord.

Having one’s soul attentive to what the body is doing is critical. That means you are doing more than just going through the motions. It means you are fully engaged. You know when you are and when you aren’t fully engaged. And…so do people around you, especially your family members who really know you. If they are that sensitive, think how quickly the Lord understands where you are at any one moment in time.

Playing music with instruments to honor the Lord and worship Him is truly a blessing. Though my guitar and piano fingers are anything but concert ready, there is something to be said about writing a fresh tune to the sound of a new morning in order to honor the Lord. If you are a musician, use your talent, especially when you are alone in the greatest concert hall and audience ever….your heart and Jesus. If you’re not a musician, then just sing. If you can’t carry a tune in a bucket, then make that joyful noise and thank the Lord for being more scriptural than those with perfect pitch! (That was intended to be humorous…)

Awaken the dawn…
That’s a hard pill to swallow for people who are more night owls than morning nightingales. I’ve noticed that morning people usually are so inclined because they go to bed earlier than night people. So, if possible, do so. If not, awaken nature at any time with your praise to the Lord. It’s the best way to begin the day, and yes, it’s the best way to end it as well!

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