Earlier this week, I wrote about the potential and value of dark times we pass through and how to get through a dark season. This song is one of the songs I wrote while in that dark place.
“Gracious God” is a song of praise and worship. It’s a song declaring the truth of Who God is in the middle of a trial. I said this in Monday’s post, but I think it’s worth saying again:
Stop worshiping your trial and start worshiping God in the middle of your trial!
At any given point in our lives, we’re worshiping someone or something. Ultimately, our worship should be directed toward our magnificent Savior and Lord. Unfortunately, I find myself worshiping my trial, my suffering, my disappointments, my discouragement, my ideals, my dreams, my plans, etc… more than I care to admit. What I choose to focus on, that is what I am worshiping.
Worship is more than singing a song. Worship is a lifestyle.
The Hebrew word for “worship” is shachah, which literally means: to bow down.
In the Greek, the most frequently used word for “worship” in the New Testament is proskyneō, which means to kiss the hand in reverence, also to kneel or prostrate oneself to do homage in order to express respect or make supplication.
The Greek definition caught my attention, in that worship is something that can be done when making supplication. Isn’t that when worship is so essential? To take our eyes off of the problems and put them on the Problem Solver instead, giving Him the attention, admiration, respect, praise, and honor that is due Him at all times. Personally, I think there is a special significance when we choose to worship Him in the middle of the storm instead of worshiping what we cannot change: our circumstances.
In conclusion, in any season of life, these questions beg asking: What/who are you worshiping? What/who is receiving your attentions, your devotion, your worship? What/who are you bowing down before? What/who are you so intimately aware of and in so doing, you are kissing in reverence? (That kissing one in itself made me think about this topic in a different light!)
Let it be our God that we find ourselves worshiping more and more! Let it be our Savior who we cover with kisses, though they may be mixed with tears. Let it be our wonderful Lord that we turn to in honor, respect, and worship, regardless of our circumstances. Worship of the One True God changes our focus, our attitude, and our perspective.
Today’s song is below with the lyrics. May it bring you to a place of worshiping our Gracious God! Many blessings to you today!
In Christ’s love,
Words and music by Adriel Hong
1. You are good, You are constant
Never-failing in Your love for me
You are faithful, You are patient
Always singing Your love song over me!
Gracious God, You are compassionate
Your tender mercies, Lord, are brand new each day
So I will rest on Your promises
Everlasting God, Rock of my salvation
2. You are for me, not against me
All Your plans are good, not harm, for me
You are true, always sovereign
O how precious are Your thoughts of me!
In the dark night, in the valley
In my sorrow I will remember
Your goodness, Your love, O Lord
© 2015 Adriel Hong Music