I tremble in awe and with the deepest gratitude recognizing the great transformative work God has done in my life. It’s Sunday morning, and I am preparing to help lead God’s people in worship, playing keys as part of our church worship team. It’s a profound calling to be part of a group of men and women facilitating the worship of our Lord, lighting the path to the throne of God. This morning, I pray that we may worship the Lord with the greatest exuberance, in light of all He is and all He has done in our lives.
the quality of being full of energy, excitement, and cheerfulness; ebullience.
Music plays such an integral role in our Sunday morning worship. It has for centuries. Scripture is filled with examples of God’s people worshipping Him in song and with instruments. Our oldest hymns date back to the days of Moses, if not before. The book of Psalms, in particular, is a book demonstrating all the ways we can worship the Lord in rich abandon and spiritual exuberance. We are called to praise Him, to sing songs of praise to God, and in light of everything He has done for us, we should be ready to triumphantly shout from the church steeple (shabach).
Recently, a couple of my friends and I read a book entitled “Holy Roar: 7 Words That Will Change The Way You Worship,” written by Chris Tomlin and Darren Whitehead. Naturally, reading the book has trained my focus on how I, personally, exercise my worship. Am I too reserved? Is my praise limp and uninspired? Am I holding back from the Lord what is rightfully His? The book is worth reading if you’re interested in exploring ways that you can reinvigorate your worship of the God who gave you His everything.
Our songs of praise and worship, be they well-known, ancient hymns or new songs proclaiming God’s glory and greatness, are spiritual offerings we bring to the throne of God. This is something we do collectively on Sunday morning. But, truthfully, we shouldn’t limit our praise and worship of the Lord to one day a week. The time we invest in spending with the Lord throughout the week bleeds into our Sunday morning worship of Him.
In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever.
Psalm 44:8 (NIV)
God is all around us, constantly at work. We can sing His praises all day long and spend time worshipping the Lord, our God, throughout the week. Not only can we-we should; we must. Our enthusiasm shouldn’t be hidden under the cover of darkness. That exuberant joy, cultivated all week, then overflows into Sunday.
I don’t know about you, but the truth is some weeks I do good just to get to Sunday. Halfway through the week, I’m not sure how I’m going to survive. But God, in all His goodness, grace, and mercy walks me through it. He’s by my side. Abiding in God, I’m never going it alone. These moments of weakness, requiring supernatural strength, are key moments of our worship of Him, too. For it is in our weakness that we often recognize our need for our God. I’m utterly dependent on the Lord and that dependence fuels my worship of Him.
Yes, He is worthy. Oh my, how our God is worthy! May our voices sing loudly as we lift our hearts, minds, and souls to the Lord, worshipping Him with a holy roar.
Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Psalm 96:1 (ESV)
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