“Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.” Psalm 22:3
I’ve heard this verse my entire life and I’ve always found it confusing. But, I was surprised when I read the verses that come before Psalm 22:3…
“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief.” Psalm 22:1-2
I’ve noticed something remarkable. Some of the most memorable worship songs from Scripture were written in the middle of terrible, terrible circumstances.
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God” (Psalm 42:1-2)? This is followed by, “My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, ‘Where is your God'” (Psalm 42:3)? And, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me” (Psalm 42:5)?
There’s this one: “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him'” (Lamentations 3:22-24)! Interestingly enough, this comes from a guy who’s wondering through the wreckage of his hometown.
Psalm 22:3 is starting to make more sense to me. I don’t think my praise does anything to change, empower, or strengthen God. When I praise God, it changes, empowers, and strengthens me.
God doesn’t need my praise in order to sit on the throne.
Praising God in the middle of an awful circumstance serves as a reminder of who should sit on the throne of my heart…as I praise, He is enthroned.
Here’s an Aaron Keyes song that is helping me (sometimes better than others) to do that…