The background I came from made a big deal of expressive praise. They were not content to merely verbally agree with a pleasant comment, the whole body had to get involved and the noise had to be loud. Very expressive.
Since those formative days, I have engaged in different gatherings with more sedate, reflective and contemplative settings. I love them, the noise isn’t essential to enjoy the something and sometimes there’s a bit more clarity on what there is to actually be thankful for. This kind of Psalm, though, this Psalm itself is one to read and contemplate and just consider how good God is to us and His creation.
As you read of His goodness to His people, how though they very overwhelmed by din, He forgives their sin. Then they truly get to enjoy His presence and appreciate how much He lavishes goodness throughout His creation.
Thinking on that, dwelling on that, capturing that, beholding the sheer brilliance and magnitude of that, the glory of it all – is not something that I can remain sedate in. It’s not something to merely smile and nod and move on to the next thing. It is something worthy of more expressive and exuberant celebrations.
What a good, kind, generous, forgiving, gracious and magnificent God, worthy of praise, adoration and lifelong devotion.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden