Brent Niedergall

A FEATHER IN YOUR THEOLOGICAL CAP

We all know that feeling of waking up in the morning. You’re moving slowly. Your head is swimming in a fog. Your brain isn’t ready to think until you drink your coffee or take a shower. You could use a jolt of energy. You need energized. 

I like how David, in the book of Psalms, relates the experience of waking up to make a powerful point. 

Psalm 57:8  Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!

Sometimes Scripture refers to someone’s soul as their glory (cf. Gen 49:6; Psa 30:13; 108:1). David is energizing his own soul—his inner being. He’s telling it to wake up from deep inside. No more sleeping. No more inactivity. And, next, he orders the musical instruments—harp and lyre—they need to wake up too. It’s time to get to work. There’s something to do. And then, in a poetic kind of way, David says he’s going to wake up the dawn. Normally it’s the new morning that we wake up to. But it’s as if David wants to bring in the new day with whatever he’s going to be doing. 

So what is it? Why all this waking? What’s the hurry? What’s the occasion? What time is it?

It’s time—to worship God. It’s time to praise God. 

I was looking at this text because it’s the basis for a song we sing at church. Appropriately titled “Call to Worship,” it’s by Chris Anderson and Richard Nichols. (It’s freely available from Church Works Media.

It wonderfully echoes David’s call to rouse your soul and musical instruments to praise God with lines such as:

Slumb’ring souls, awake and sing
Psalms to your exalted King. 

Wakened souls, an anthem raise:
Sing your sacrifice of praise. 

Joyful souls, let song take flight:
Praise the Father, God of light. 

 So wake up your soul and worship God. Use this song or some other good song to praise the “Father, God of light.”

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