Psalm 31 “I will exalt you Lord…” David starts with praise, there is hidden here an amazing truth, surrender leads to worship, praise is always an amazing genesis. One of the greatest definitions of worship I’ve ever heard comes from Louie Giglio in his book ‘The Air I Breath’ – he writes: “Worship is… our response, both personal and corporate to God – for who He is and what He has done! Expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live.” For many years, the worship team at our church has followed this as a mantra and core value that has shaped a culture of worship and thanks giving for who God is. David caught the same reality in his songs (Psalms) and particularly here, “for you have lifted me out of the depths.”
The lyric follows a familiar tone when David shouts “I called you for help.” My hope this year is that I look for the Shepherd wherever I am, for He is my light and my salvation, I am not afraid!
In verse five David finds a reason to smile, he finds the strength to laugh in the midst of struggle, “for weeping may stay for the night but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
Have you ever heard the song ‘His Eye is on the Sparrow’? It was revived with the second instalment of Sister Act, famously sung by a unknown Lauren Hill. But the back story is far more beautiful. The writer was inspired by a couple called the Doolittle’s. Both plagued by life’s hardships they had no reason for a song, yet they found their tune. Hidden in their melody was a shout for joy that inspired anyone who knew them.
David’s chord continues when he discovers God is his security, not as life fell into place but when life fell apart! “When I felt secure I said “I will never be shaken.” Lord, when you favoured me you made my Royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face I was dismayed.” How God wants all of us! So often we seek the hand of God and not the face of God, our motives are so often revealed when He doesn’t give us what we want.
Later, David prays a dangerous prayer; “Lord, be my help.” This requires surrender and I don’t like letting go. Selah!
Finally, we see the Shepherds hand so graciously move across our weakness and pain, our insecurity and inadequacy, our humanity and frailty.
He does what only the Shepherd can do, He brings us home, clothes us with joy and calls us to dance!