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Guest Blogger: Tammy Choleva (August 21, 2012)

August 21, 2012 by Tammy Choleva 0 comments

During our July and August Sunday morning worship gatherings, I will be preaching through selected Psalms, using that section of the Bible in order to help us connect in deeper ways to God. During that time, I will be using the NewLife blog as a platform for the people of our church the opportunity to share about particular songs that help them connect to God.

I have to admit that I have rather picky taste when it comes to music. A song has to really resonate in my spirit for me to love it. Not many songs pass that test for me. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy other music. I do. At the same time, for me to listen to a song more than once, well, let’s just say my play list has less than a handful of songs on it.

There is one song that I can listen to again and again and again. Honestly, I never tire of it. In fact, my heart swells up with praises to the King more and more every time I listen to it. It is Chris Rice’s song, “And Your Praise Goes On.” These are the lyrics:

The moon is high and the sunset fades
The lullabies have all been sung
We’re tuckin’ in another day
And stars appear now one by one
But the stillness moves and the silence yields
And not a single beat is lost
You can hear the chorus in the fields

Taking up where we left off

And Your praise goes on, rising to Your throne
Where You guard us while we dream
Past the stars they fly, Your praises fill the sky
‘Til You wake us with the dawn

And Your praise goes on

Now bring your warmth, O morning sun
Chase the stars and the moon away
And wake us with your brightest song
And add our voice to your refrain
Now rise up everything that lives!
Flap your wings and leap for joy!
Oh forest lift your arms and sway!
Clap your hands you ocean waves!

And Your praise goes on, rising to Your throne
Where You bless our toil and play
Through the clouds they rise, Your praises fill the skies
‘Til the setting of the sun
And Your praise goes on

And when my final breath You lend
I’ll thank You for the life You gave
But that won’t mean the praises end
‘Cause I won’t be silenced by the grave!

And Your praise goes on
I’ll be runnin’ to Your throne
With every nation, tribe and tongue
To Your arms I’ll fly
I’ll gaze into Your eyes
Then I’ll know as I am known
And Your praise goes on
And Your praise goes on
And Your praise goes on

 

Every time I listen to this song, I am reminded that life is not about me. It is all about Him. I cannot wake up to the morning sun apart from God’s grace. I cannot lay my head down at night apart from God’s grace. I cannot toil or play in between apart from God’s grace. He is the very reason I have the breath to live.

So, if everything – including the sun, moon, stars, trees, ocean waves, birds, swaying fields, forests, skies, clouds – if every single thing in all of creation was designed to give praise to the Creator, then how much more ought we humans, his special creation, give Him praises? It doesn’t matter what is going on in our lives; good or bad, He deserves our praise. It doesn’t matter if we are in the mood to give Him praise; melancholy or spirited, He deserves our praise. Worship and praise of our Creator is not and never has been about circumstances or feelings. Worship and praise is all about Him. Simply, He deserves it.

May our praises of the King go on and on and on……….

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