One of the most irritating, aggravating, frustrating – and yet stimulating – questions is – “Why?” It angers parents and annoys teachers. It disturbs moments of quiet reflection when we think we have the answers to “everything” then we realize we don’t. It bothers us deeply when we are asked “why” did you do this or “why” did you do that. It seems to be planted deep within the brains of children to make us defensive or angry or even feel stupid.
But “Why” is an important question. It can force us to look at what we have done or what we are about to do. It can, in all reality, keep us from doing wrong or encourage us to do what is right.
David addresses the “Why” question quite frequently. In Psalm 86, however, he makes an observation and then answers it with “why.”
He wrote, “I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your name forever.” Then he adds the why for us: “For great is Your love toward me; You have delivered me from the depths of the grave.”
“Praise” and “glorify” are a most important part of our worship. When we look at these two verses together, we find an important reason to remind us why we worship God: it is because of His love and mercy.
We may not know what he is referring to when He said that “God delivered me from the depths of the grave.”
And perhaps that’s good. What’s don’t matter – God does! There are many days when we feel we are about to be “buried alive.” Then, God delivers us. It’s time to worship.
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