Today’s Scripture: Psalm 150
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heaven!
2 Praise him for his mighty works;
praise his unequaled greatness!
3 Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;
praise him with the lyre and harp!
4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;
praise him with strings and flutes!
5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
Songs get stuck in my head. Like, all the time. It’s super annoying – especially when they are Thomas The Tank Engine songs that Evan likes to sing.
We call these tunes earworms, which is both a gross and yet extremely accurate way to describe what is happening. Studies have shown that over 90% of people report earworms at least once a week. Mine happen about 10 times a day – each time with different songs!
The other morning, I found myself with an earworm from an early 2000’s worship song called “Here I am To Worship”. Perhaps you know it. Perhaps it will now be in your head all day!
As I was listening to this particular song in my head, I suddenly realized that I was standing in the shower. Yes, I was standing in the shower singing “Here I am To Worship” and I suddenly thought – um, no – I don’t think I am here to worship – naked and dripping wet with shampoo running down my face. Sorry God, I didn’t mean to say I was here to worship in this condition – it was just stuck in my head. I’m in no condition to worship.
But then I asked myself “what is the condition do you need to be in to worship?” Do you have to have everything in its place? Do you have to your life together? Do you have to wear the right clothes and be say the right words and be in the right frame of mind? Actually, no.
Here I am to worship – with all my anxiety.
Here I am to worship – with all of my failures.
Here I am to worship – with all my grief.
Here I am to worship – with all my messiness.
Here I am to worship. I’ll give you what I’ve got God, even if it’s not perfect. Especially if it’s not perfect.
So Here we are to worship, God. It may not be pretty. It may be messy. But here we are – and we worship you.
God we come to you in the condition we are – even though we know it’s not perfect. We are here to worship. Help us to be honest with you as we do so.