”Praise the Lord, O my soul! While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 146:1-2
As we journey through the Psalms, we join the spiritual ascension of David, and the mountain air begins to echo with songs of praise. Praise is the power of “catching the wind.” The higher we climb, the clearer the air becomes, the more breathtaking the view is, and there we find that the joy of praise results from “catching the wind.”
Living on the side of a mountain but not quite to the top, we find that there are always three choices, three viewpoints from which to choose. The view over the shoulder where the remains of yesterday’s climb with all of its successes and failures remains, and the mystic music of the wind reminds us of God’s all sufficient grace. ”God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
There’s the view of the present where the melody of thankfulness and gratitude warm our souls and the soft sound of the wind soothes away the weariness of the climb. “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise” (Psalm 57:7).
Then the wind stirs and from behind presses us to persevere to greater perspective, to climb the heights as David did and reach to places un-trod and unknown. The wind catches the praise of a thousand different voyagers and courage to continue the climb fills our hearts. “I will praise you with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You” (Psalm 138:1).
Further Reading: Psalm 150 ~ Colossians 1:1-23
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