What I Read Today;
Psalm 92 vs. 1-5, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands, I sing for joy. How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep!” NRSV
I’m not very good at showing how I feel when I praise God. I’m not one who raises his hands high in the air or claps to songs sung by the praise band.
However, I love listening to praise songs that proclaim the joy and love of God. I love Christ Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Stephen Curtis Chapman, and many other contemporary Christian musicians who can capture with a song the greatness of our God. When I drive long distances for work, I enjoy singing along in praise to the almighty. Thankfully, God doesn’t grade on my singing ability. In fact, I think he might actually cover his ears, my singing is pretty bad.
I also love churches that revere the old hymns and liturgy. When done in a spirit of worship, it is incredible.
Too often, however, our worship becomes a static, monotonous ritual that has lost its meaning. It has become something that we walk through without really thinking about what we are doing.
True worship is a connection with the creator of the universe. It’s an acknowledgment of what we have failed to do each day and what God does for us each day. It’s our falling to our knees in thanks for the love that Jesus Christ gives us freely and undeservedly.
How we worship does not matter to God. We can worship with a heavy metal praise band or a pipe organ. As long as our hearts look up to our God in thanks and praise, it does not matter.