For the past few weeks I’ve been posting commentaries on the Psalms These are taken from my “worship journal” and were written as part of my personal daily worship. High level worship is, I believe, “Praising God for what He is without thinking of how that benefits me.”
That’s hard to do, as we are so naturally self-centered. But I have found that the more I “stay up there” in focusing on God’s character, on His works and Word, the more He moves to change my character to conform more to His.
He does this by exposing sin, encouraging surrender, giving insight and bringing worldview shifts away from my natural worldview to a biblical one. For instance, going from feeling sorry for myself when I don’t get my way, to recognizing that this is an opportunity to fulfill the purpose of my life by offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving (Ps. 50:23).
As you have seen, I moved quite slowly in this worship process: it took over three years for me to make it through the Psalms. It was, and continues to be, a rich, transforming and equipping journey with the Holy Spirit, focusing on the greatness, the glory and the goodness of God.
My hope is that as you read these posts and think through with me how God has revealed His character by the words of the psalmists, that you, too, will be transformed and experience worldview shifts in your life. May it lead us to obeying more and more Psalm 37:4, “delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”