Day One: Leap For Joy

Psalm 42:4 (NLT)

My heart is breaking
    as I remember how it used to be:
I walked among the crowds of worshipers,
    leading a great procession to the house of God,
singing for joy and giving thanks
    amid the sound of a great celebration!

Psalm 122 begins with the author exclaiming how he leaped for joy when he heard the call to go to the house of the Lord. You can say that his heart was revived because of the anticipation of worship. Let’s look at Psalm 42:4 for a deeper insight of the heart that is set on worship.

(1) The Psalmist says that his heart is breaking as he recalls how they used to worship the Lord. What does that tell us about the importance of worship? What challenges do you face when you want to make worship a priority, a non-negotiable deal breaker?

(2) What kind of feelings does one get being part of a crowd of worshipers, banding together in a procession? Do you experience the same feeling when you are together with the Church on Sundays or in your small groups?

(3) Lastly the Psalmist describes a life of joyful singing, thanksgiving embedded in the sound of a great celebration. If you were to compare with your life, what changes do you see needing to happen so that the “sound” that your life produces is of a great celebration, full of joy and thanksgiving?

Prayer: Let’s pray that the Holy Spirit would help us to realign our motives to place worship of God as the non-negotiable priority in our lives. Let’s ask for revival in our hearts that produces the sound of great celebration of joy and thankfulness to the Lord.

Song: Let’s follow along with this song by Brian Doerksen, “Will You Worship” (click here).

– MK