Ps.63:5 – I overflow with praise when I come before you,
for the anointing of your presence satisfies me like nothing else.
You are such a rich banquet of pleasure to my soul.

Sometimes I find myself observing individuals and their response (or lack thereof) during congregational worship. You always have the late attenders slipping in before the “more important stuff”, like the preaching of the word. Then there is those who mimic the singing with their lips but their face has not been notified of the joy found in His presence. Of course, there are those that see this as a social opportunity and chat about the congregation until worship is coming to a close. Then, there are the desperate who see this as an important opportunity to worship the Lord and delight themselves in His presence, found uniquely in corporate worship. This is the place where praise overflows and impacts our entire being. Here is how Spurgeon describes this verse:

“There is in the love of God a richness, a sumptuousness, a fulness of soul filling joy, comparable to the richest food with which the body can be nourished. The Hebrews were more fond of fat than we are, and their highest idea of festive provision is embodied in the two words, marrow and fatness: a soul hopeful in God and full of his favor is thus represented as feeding upon the best of the best, the dainties of a royal banquet. And my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips. More joy, more praise. When the mouth is full of mercy, it should also be full of thanksgiving. When God gives us the marrow of his love, we must present to him the marrow of our hearts. Vocal praise should be rendered to God as well as mental adoration; others see our mercies, let them also hear our thanks.”

The Passion Translation captures the sense of festive celebration with the phrase “rich banquet of pleasure to my soul”. This phrase can explain the stark difference between the natural person and the spiritual person in a worship setting. Those that have glimpsed His mercy and goodness jump in immediately delighting themselves in the abundance found only in His house, the place of corporate worship. As they worship the Lord with total abandon their soul is effected, actually their soul is filled to the point of overflow found only in this place of praise.


  1. As much as I love the corporate worship setting and try to squeeze every last drop while in it, my non corporate prayer and worship times were not as free flowing. Recently I asked myself, why? I had no good reason. So I went about changing that simply by raising my hands (as I freely do at church) and moving around (again, as I do at church) It’s made a difference in me and has taken intimacy to another level, new to me. There is more provided, like the sparrows, all I have to do is pick up the worms.

  2. Worship is where we find out strength and can also glorify our King!! The joy of the Lord is my strength! He is my good and my joy in him gives him glory…how could we not lift him high at every opportunity??

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