“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.”
The words of this Psalm became the lyrics to a worship song we used to sing when I first began following Jesus. Whenever I read it my mind becomes flooded with memories. My early days of following Christ were filled with firsts. I can recall one of the first times I raised my hands in worship. I was in a room filled with teenagers who were singing and I simply reached up toward the ceiling as if I were attempting to get as much from God as He would possibly give. I recall another occasion when I knelt for one of the first times. We were at a retreat and I was standing near the back when lifting my hands did not seem like enough of an expression of praise, I slipped away into the far corner of the room and knelt before the Lord as if to say “I am all Yours, Jesus.”
These expressions came out of a recognition of the mercy of God. I was coming to realize that I did not deserve anything from God yet He was desiring to give me everything. The apostle Peter wrote that God will give us all things that pertain to life and godliness. Paul wrote that since God gave us His Son He would also freely give us all things.
As time passes I do not want my experiences of God to be distant memories. It is exciting to think back over the years and recall the amazing ways God has been faithful to me but the greatest joy is in knowing that He will continue to express His mercies in new ways each and every day that we choose to seek after Him.
Perhaps this morning is a good time to drop to your knees and lift your hands in praise to God for His mercy and His faithful love.