“Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!
As soon as we begin to look to the Scripture to see what God says about worship something begins to become clear: God calls His people to sing and shout and rejoice before Him. Don’t take my word for it, check out Ps. 47:1, 66:1-2, 98:4-6, 100:1-2; Isa. 2:6; and Rev. 19:6. So, no matter what some people might say, God says:
· It is OK to rejoice in the presence of your Redeemer!
· It is OK to make some noise.
· It is OK to clap your hands or lift them up to the Lord.
Also remember that His Word says the Sabbath (Lord's Day) is a holy day (i.e., holiday). We are to “rejoice and be glad in it!” And what do we have to celebrate? Well, here is a short list:
· Our God is AWESOME!
· He has called US to be His people.
· He has REDEEMED us with a “mighty hand and an outstretched arm.”
· He will NEVER leave nor forsake us.
· The Lord IS good and his love endures FOREVER; and his faithfulness CONTINUES through all generations.
What a treasure and a pleasure it
is, Church, to be able to bow the knee and worship the Lord our God – to lift
up a joyous shout – to sing songs of praise – to declare His greatness – to
give Him honor.
Do you remember when Michal, the daughter of Saul and David’s wife, saw the king dancing before the LORD? The Scripture says that when Michal saw King David leaping and dancing, she “despised him in her heart.” So . . . just to get the story straight, David was rejoicing before God and praising Him because He had restored the Ark of the Covenant to His people. Meanwhile, Michal was only concerned with what other people might say. (SEE 2 Sam. 6:12-22 for the whole story). So let me ask you, do you think God wants us to be more like Michal or more like David? Something tells me that God was more pleased with David that day.
Pastor Keith Andrews