“Bono frequently reads Psalm 116 from The Message at the beginning of U2’s concerts.” (artspastor.blogspot.com)
If you read my last blog post on the Psalms, you might be wondering why I’m talking about Bono again. Because it’s so great! This incredibly successful, wealthy, adored artist who countless people all over the earth listen to, is coming first before God. Here is Psalm 116. I’ve highlighted the part Bono focused on in the interview.
“I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him. Death stared me in the face, hell was hard on my heels. Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn; then I called out to God for help: “Please, God!” I cried out. “Save my life!” God is gracious—it is he who makes things right, our most compassionate God. God takes the side of the helpless; when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me. I said to myself, “Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings. Soul, you’ve been rescued from death; Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears; And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.” I’m striding in the presence of God, alive in the land of the living! I stayed faithful, though bedeviled, and despite a ton of bad luck, despite giving up on the human race, saying, “They’re all liars and cheats.” What can I give back to God for the blessings he’s poured out on me? I’ll lift high the cup of salvation—a toast to God! I’ll pray in the name of God; I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do, and I’ll do it together with his people. When they arrive at the gates of death, God welcomes those who love him. Oh, God, here I am, your servant, your faithful servant: set me free for your service! I’m ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice and pray in the name of God. I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do, and I’ll do it in company with his people, In the place of worship, in God’s house, in Jerusalem, God’s city. Hallelujah!” ~ Psalm 116 The Message
Can you imagine what kind of beautiful world it would be if this was the heart of other famous, talented individuals? Or even us, His ordinary worshipers with a much smaller audience? When I went back to read this Psalm again, I had to copy it in its entirety. I want this to be my life, this constant remembrance of who God is and what He has done – for me and for anyone who comes to Him.
What can I give back to God for the blessings He’s poured out on me? It starts with this worship of Him, worship we see so clearly throughout the Psalms. A toast to God before whatever audience He has given us. And faithfulness. Whether it’s performing in front of thousands of people, leading a classroom of students, loving and serving a friend, volunteering in the community, caring for your children at home or the countless other kingdom tasks God has invited us into – let us do them with an attitude of, “I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do.”