Day 37: Running with Praise

In the last couple of days, I have been adding and deleting songs in my playlist in preparation for the big race. If you’re like me, it’s hard to listen to music without rating whether it is run worthy. You know the kind. It’s the kind of music that has fast rhythms for BPM (beats per minute). Okay, maybe I’m the only one who does this, but it’s important to me. The race is next weekend and I could be running up to 4 hours or more. Why not have the perfect playlist to run too right?

My new list included mostly secular hip-hop beats and less of the slower beats. I like to run with my iPod shuffle because it is small and easy to conceal while running, but I have found that it is limited to the amount of songs it can hold. Once I added the “2011 Top 100 Billboard” songs, there was little room left for my favorite praise and worship songs. I remember thinking, “I’ll try out this new playlist for today’s run and then I’ll tweak it later.”

I said my goodbyes, stretched and headed out the door in anticipation to listen to my fresh new beats. I jogged a little over two miles when I started having trouble with my iPod. A couple of songs were skipping and, at one time, there was an annoying sound coming from the device. Being that I never had any troubles before, I started the typical troubleshooting; turning it on and off, testing the battery, and checking for moisture, etc. I was able to hear one more song before it completely fell silent. I was about a mile away from the house, so I decided to run home, trade out my shuffle for my phone, so I could finish out my run. Music is a total necessity when I’m running solo.

Once I got to the house, I ran in to grab my phone, but noticed that it didn’t contain my new playlist. To sync it now would take too much time out of my running time, so I grabbed my old nano. I have had problems with this iPod for a while now, so I was hopeful that it would actually work. I didn’t even realize what songs were loaded. As far as I knew, it still included my PMBR law studies on criminal law. To my surprise, my nano pulled through for me and was loaded with powerful praise and worship songs. I didn’t miss a beat the entire 8 miles.

All this to say, I felt that God was sending me a message. He wanted me to spend some time with Him. I had spent the last four months with my faithful trainer through devotions, praises and prayer time. God has been with me the entire time of my training. I felt Him say, “Tanna, I have gotten you this far. Don’t give up on our time together now.” I smiled and answered, “Yes, Sir!”

Psalm 63:7-8 says, “Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.”

David praised God while on the run in the desert. David’s praises to God was based on his experiences of God’s goodness. He says, “Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings.” The very shade of God is so sweet. When we rejoice in the shadow of His wings, it imitates our reliance upon Him. It shows Him that we are able and ready for Him to help us and our refreshment and satisfaction is in His care and protection.

David’s worldly standing did not get in the way of his praise for God. In the same sense, neither should ours. The truth is, music goes deeper than your ears or mind. It goes to the heart. I believe it was designed by God to do just that. How can my praise and worship time with God compare to the 90 minutes of the secular hip hop music penetrating my soul during my running? Truth is, it can’t and I am so thankful for the reminder.

God deserves to be praised and He is worthy to receive our praise. By praising God, we are reminded of the greatness of God. Praise discharges strength in faith, which causes God to move on our behalf. If we want to see a clear manifestation of God’s blessings and grace, all we need to do is to praise Him with all our heart, our mind, and our soul.

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