Be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-20)
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. (Matthew 6:28-29)
It was 2003 and the song ‘As the Deer Pants’ was on my heart and lips. I was thinking about the deer and its thirst. At the time I had a thirst for worshiping in song and praying for the healing of others that my home church and family did not share. This thirst led me to go to another church an hour away from home. Somehow this thirst I had was filled there. I had just been there the night before and was questioning if this was the right direction for me. The motives of my heart, that’s what I was really questioning.
If you could ask God for one thing, what would it be? Why would you choose this as your ‘one thing’? Look at King David’s answer to this question.
I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)
You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever. (Psalm 45:2)
When you think of a threshing floor what do you think of? Threshing floors were used to separate grain from the chaff at harvest time. This was usually a two step process. First, the cut stalks of grain were spread on the threshing floor and a threshing sledge was pulled over the stalks by oxen. The sledge was a simple wooden sled or heavy board with stone or metal spikes on the bottom that would break the heads of grain from the stalks (Isaiah 41:15-16). The same thing could be accomplished by having the oxen trample the stalks (Deuteronomy 25:4) or by beating them with heavy sticks (Judges 6:11).
…You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (Psalm 23:5)
The overflowing cup is a cup completely filled up, running over and pouring forth; rivers of living water flowing out from deep within (John 7:37-39). Pouring forth from a heart that has received Jesus Christ as the Word of truth; a heart marked and sealed with the oil of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). It is a heart that knows how to drink deeply from the well of salvation (Isaiah 12:3) in the shadow of the Almighty’s wings.
And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. (2 Chronicles 20:21)
Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and (glory) triumph in your praise. (Psalm 106:47)