Psalm 100:1-2 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
I stand six foot two inches tall. Not a giant, but taller than many folks. When walking with a group of people in a crowd, I’m often asked, “what do you see from up there?” They never ask me that on Sunday mornings when I’m sitting on the platform looking over the Sunday crowd. Honestly, it is not always a pretty picture. Imagine, the music starts to play, people are coming in, and the service begins. The music director tries to get people into a spiritual mood with a few opening words. Most people aren’t paying attention yet. Then the congregational singing starts, well, for some. Some are still talking about who knows what. Some are fiddling with candy wrappers. A few are looking at tablets or cell phones and giggling. (Probably watching cat videos or something.) While others are seriously singing and worshiping God. What’s different for them?
It’s not the music. Although that can play a role in helping our hearts move toward worshiping God. It’s not the preaching. It’s not the people. It’s not the program. It’s the intent of each person. How we come prepared to worship makes the difference. Did we come to meet with and worship God, or to visit with our friends. Do we come to join in singing and serving God, or desiring other to in some way serve us. Worship actually begins a long time before the first note is ever played in church. Worship begins and lives in each believers heart.
When our verse says; “make a joyful noise,” it’s not talking about just being noisy. It is fully directed to one person, “unto the Lord.” Worship is meant to bring us into a closer relationship and fellowship with God.
How involved are you in worshiping our God?
Living In His Word Ministries
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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director