The Reason We Raise the Roof: Psalm 32

Day 22/30

"Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be - you get a fresh start, your slate's wiped clean.
Count yourself lucky - God holds nothing against you and you're holding nothing back from Him.
When I kept it all inside, my bones turned to powder, my words became daylong groans.
The pressure never let up; all the juices of my life dried up.
Then I let it all out. I said, "Ill make a clean breast of my failures to God."  Suddenly the pressure was gone - my guilt dissolved, my sin disappeared.
These things add up.  Every one of us needs to pray; when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts we'll be on high ground, untouched.
God's my island hideaway, keeps danger far from the shore, throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.
Let me give you some good advice; I'm looking you in the eye and giving it to you straight:
'Don't be ornery like a horse or mule that needs bit and bridle to stay on track.'
God-defiers are always in trouble; God-affirmers find themselves loved every time they turn around.
Celebrate God.  Sing together - everyone!  All you honest hearts, raise the roof!"
-Psalm 32 (the Message)

Why do we sing?  Some sing because it's tradition, others simply because others are doing it.  Some sing because they were asked to, others because they just like to sing.  Some sing because it makes them feel good, some sing because it makes others feel good. While we are each unique individuals... and I affirm this as a good thing - when we each sing for our own reasons, we may be singing at the same time, but we are not singing together.

If I were giving titles to the Psalms, I would title Psalm 32, "The Reason We Raise the Roof!"  The implication is that we are to "sing together."  Not because we can or we have to, but for the singular reason that in God we get a fresh start and we find ourselves loved every time we turn around!  God holds nothing against us because of Jesus!  Let's hold nothing back from Him!  Let's sing together because God is awe-FULL and amazing and worthy of being the singular reason that we sing! 


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