October 10 – Today’s Readings – Zechariah 13-14 and Psalms 100
Even though there are many “tidbits” to comment on from the book of Zechariah this morning, I want shift over to the Psalms once again.
“Shout for joy”! – “Worship the LORD with gladness”! – “Know that the LORD is God”! – “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise”! – “Give thanks to him and praise his name”!
ACTION Worship is the only reasonable response of a people who have been forgiven and set free by the Lord. What kind of worship?- Shouting – Entering in – Praising – Giving Thanks – Clapping Hands – Expressing Cries of Joy (Psalm 47:1)
– Bowing Down and Kneeling (Psalm 95:6)
– Dancing and Making Music (Psalm 149:3)
How is it that we can come to the house of the Lord or into prayer and not have any physical expressions of worship to follow? How is it that we can claim to be deeply in love with Jesus and never SHOW our affection? What kind of marriage would we have if we never showed our spouse verbal or physical affection? THERE WOULD BE NO MARRIAGE AT ALL!
It’s time to “pull out the stops” in our worship. If we love the Lord we need to let Him know it verbally and physically. The Bible is full of ACTIONS and expressive WORDS of praise.
Why am I so wound up about this? – Because, some time ago, Linda and I attended a conference of Church leaders and these men and women refused to express their worship to God! They just stood there with their hands in their pockets (literally) and their mouths sealed shut while the worship team tried its best to get them singing. I really found it hard to believe that when Linda and I closed our eyes, lifted our hands and began to sing along we were scowled at. (I peeked) How must the great Lover of our Souls feel? No wonder Jesus said that if we refused to worship “the rocks and stones would cry out” (Luke 19:40).
“Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;” (1Chronicles 16:23-25)
As you go to your place of worship this Sunday (or whatever other day you gather) give God some expressive worship not just “feelings”. Don’t be like the stoic man who said to his wife – “of course I love you – I told you once thirty years ago and if I ever change my mind you will be the first to know”.
1. Give other examples of the forms of worship mentioned in Scripture.
2. Is there any reason you can think of – cultural – personal – etc. that would stop you from worshipping God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?