I Will Praise You As Long As I Live
So I gaze on You in the sanctuary to see Your strength and Your glory. My lips will glorify You because Your faithful love is better than life. So I will praise You as long as I live;… You satisfy me as with rich food; my mouth will praise You with joyful lips… .because You are my help; I will rejoice in the shadow of Your wings (vv. 2-4a, 5, 7).
Once David had beheld the power and glory of his Lord, he was never the same again. Deeply moved by the presence of God in the sanctuary, he was inspired to write some of the loftiest and most sublime praise music ever written.
Because the love of God also means more to me than life itself, I will praise him “as long as I live.”
Like David, I know the deep satisfaction of composing praise music— a satisfaction much like that of rich food that satisfies physical hunger.
I long for the kind of divine obsession that drove David to meditate on the name of the Lord through the watches of the night. As my soul clings to him, whether in the sanctuary or in the shadows of my life, I pray that my music will be a reflection of his power, glory, and love.
Dear Lord, I want to praise you as long as I live! Kindle in me afire of passion until the words and music flow through my purified soul.