How ever it is defined, worship ultimately involves you and me connecting with the Spirit of God in a way that affects how we live our lives! We tend to relate worship to an event involving a group of people coming together in a certain place one a week, but a serious study of the Psalms shows that praise and worship is more than a planned public event. The Psalms reveal the heart of the one worshipping! Listen to the praise on David’s lips and you will hear his personal heart’s cry to his God, regardless of where he was. The words of the psalmist were not recorded at an organized gathering, but in the midst of the issues of his life! What I’m saying is that the declarations of praise and worship in the Psalms were expressions of the attitude of David’s heart. And those expressions of worship were a normal response to the events of his life.
We also see that while many of the expressions of praise in the Psalms were solemn moments of worship, far more of them were exclamatory shouts of praise to the God who had proven Himself faithful! Here’s a few examples: “I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy (Psalm 27:6).“ “Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious (Psalm 66:1)!“ “Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation...let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms…(Psalm 95:1-2)!“ “Shout joyfully to the Lord...come before Him with joyful singing (Psalm 100:1-2)!“ Over and over we hear encouragement to “shout joyfully” to our Lord!
It’s funny how passionate and extroverted we are when we’re talking about sports or other areas that interest us, but as soon as we enter the doors of our churches, we act differently. I think part of the problem is that we refer to the assembly auditorium as the “sanctuary”. Folks, Jesus didn’t die on the cross so He could dwell in an auditorium; He died for us so He could live in our hearts! If you’ve trusted in Jesus’ sacrificial work on the cross, then your HEART is His sanctuary where He lives and dwells in you every moment of every day! Jesus goes with you every where you go, not just into a worship service on Sundays! Now, that’s exciting!
Next time, more thoughts about worship.