My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!Psalm 57:7 (NLT)
I have a not-so-well-kept secret. At one of my former churches, I often times led the singing during our worship service when our praise teams weren’t available. I was in choir in high school, so I can generally carry a tune. But, singing with others is one thing. Being mic’d up and helping others hit the correct notes is completely different. So, what’s my secret? I mute my microphone when the singing begins.
So, why do I fear people hearing me sing? It goes back to my sophomore year of high school. We took a trip to San Francisco and the famous Pier 39. While we were there, I stumbled across a pay-to-sing recording studio. Essentially, the studio wiped the lyrics from popular songs, and then would record their customers singing them. The customer got a cassette tape of their performance. I gave it a shot. I lived to regret it. I let my girlfriend listen to it. She said it was good, (she was lying) and decided to play it for the rest of the bus-load of students. Let’s just say that the reviews were not kind.
It’s pretty amazing how our confidence can be shaken in life. Mine was shaken in my singing abilities. Perhaps yours has been shaken in other ways. The unfortunately reality is that dings to our confidence can last a very long time. Our lack of confidence can also infiltrate our faith. We begin to question whether or not our relationship with God will last, or if we’ll screw it up. We wonder if God will stay true to all of the promises He has made in the Bible. The quick, easy answer is yes!
David, who penned our verse today, was no stranger to the dings in life. Yet, his confidence in God remained steadfast. Though he suffered human failings, David did not project those onto God. He remained confident in His Lord, Savior, and Best Friend.
Today, and every day, give thanks to the One who we can be absolutely confident in. He won’t ridicule. Instead, He leads, heals, comforts, and loves us unconditionally. Worship Him, not our failures. And, if the mood strikes, sing some praises to Him as well. He is worthy.