Devotional by Rachel Ling | Song by Jeff Deyo
~To Delight Myself In You~
“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:14 (NIV)
“Sing To You” by Jeff Deyo is a joyous expression of praise to God. It is a song about the outflow of praise that comes when we delight ourselves in God. We want to sing, shout, and dance. These activities can be easy when life is going great, but what happens in those moments when the storms of life roll in, the waves start crashing against you, and you feel like you may drown? The desire to sing, shout, and dance to Jesus can often times diminish or disappear completely. So then what? We must realize that praise goes past just a want but becomes a need.
We must learn to praise when our circumstances tell us to fall apart and turn away. We must learn to praise when our situations are less than ideal and the last thing we want to do is lift our hands, sing loud, shout, and dance around. You see, praise goes beyond our circumstances and past our feelings. It must come from the core of who we are. It is an outflow of our relationship with God no matter what we face in life. Praise is not about how we feel, but about who God is. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Our praise to Him cannot be based on our ever changing emotions and feelings but on how great and awesome our God is. His unfailing love for us is something we can depend on despite the world around us. His unfailing love is enough to give us a reason to sing. Psalm 13 is about an individual who is discouraged, depressed, and troubled, and crying out to God, looking for answers as to why the current situation was occurring. How often do we hit a rough patch in life and begin to question God searching for answers? The psalmist ends Psalm 13 not in a state of questioning but in a statement of confidence in God.
“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.” ~Psalm 13:5-6
The psalmist makes a powerful statement saying that, despite what his current situation is, he will trust God’s unfailing love and that a song will still rise up to God, because He is good. The only way a song can rise from us in a time of trouble and despair is if our delight is in Jesus. Delighting in the Lord is enjoying his presence and even longing for it. Delighting in God comes from developing a relationship with Him. When this delight is present, we can praise through whatever situation and often times gain a better understanding, perspective, or approach to our situation. So even if you don’t feel like singing, shouting, or dancing, do it anyways because it isn’t about us. It’s about who God is.
(Verse1) There’s one thing I ask, there’s one thing seek | To delight myself in You | To live all my days announcing Your fame | To delight myself in You
(Chorus) I just wanna sing to You | I just wanna lift my voice in praise | I just wanna worship You | I just wanna shout aloud Your name | I just wanna stand here in Your glory Lord and dance in Heaven’s light | I just wanna sing to You
(Verse2) I’ve only one prayer and only on plee | To delight myself in You | To spend all my life revealing Your might | To delight myself in You
(Bridge) I lift my eyes to You | I fall on my face | I lift my soul to You | I give all my praise