Worship like you mean it

Posted: July 23, 2011 in love, Me and God, Me and people, Music, The Church

“I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people.” Psalm 35:18

You have seen them; perhaps you have been one of them. The ‘crazy’ sports fans who paint their faces and bodies in their team’s colors and shout during the game until they have no voice left. You have to really be a fanatic of the cause to actually express your excitement in front of so many people, don’t you think?.

Well, that seems to be the case of David as he writes about his will and desire to give thanks to God in front of the “great assembly” and “among many people”.
What would our time’s equivalent of “great assembly” and “among many people” be? That’s right! When we, as Christians, gather together on Sunday morning to ‘worship’. Why is it that it’s so difficult for so many of us to freely express our excitement for God when we are at church?. It is not because it is forbidden by God. In fact, in the book of Psalms alone, we are commanded, encouraged, given the freedom to, or at least, given the example of: singing loud (50+ times), shouting with joy (20+ times), using instruments, clapping, raising hands, kneeling down, dancing, etc.

I wonder if the source of David’s desire and intention to praise God with such freedom at all times (34:1-2; 35:9, 27-28; 37:4) -even in the midst of the congregation, is found in these chapters –and perhaps we can follow the same patterns to actually discover the freedom and joy of thanking Him with our hearts and bodies, for what He has done for us:

– David experienced and acknowledged that God hears when we pray. (34:4, 6, 15, 17)
– David experienced and acknowledged that God delivers when we trust and rest in Him. (34:8, 17; 36:7; 37:3, 5, 7, 23-24)
– David experienced and acknowledged that God protects us. (34:20; 37:24)
– David experienced and acknowledged that God gives salvation (34:22; 35:3)

This weekend, whether Saturday or Sunday at church, GET READY FOR IT -PREPARE YOURSELF!! … experience, acknowledge and then, give Him praise among many people -like you mean it!!


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