Bible Reading: Psalm 149
Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones.
Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King.
Let them praise His name with dancing;
Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.
Let the godly ones exult in glory;
Let them sing for joy on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
To execute vengeance on the nations
And punishment on the peoples,
To bind their kings with chains
And their nobles with fetters of iron,
To execute on them the judgment written;
This is an honor for all His godly ones.
Praise the Lord!
Although we typically don’t fight about whether or not the Lord should be praised, we do often differ on how He should be praised. The Psalmist mentions a few options here including: praising with our voices, with instruments and with dancing (Baptists beware). As I read this text, I wonder if I am more concerned about the style of worship that I miss the magnificence of the one to be worshiped?
Could it be possible that it’s not the style or content of the music that’s in much need of change, rather my heart needing to be changed? At the end of the day, I like you will have my worship preferences and that is okay. However, we must not let them get in the way of truly worshipping the Lord. Regardless of the style of music, my focus should be true heartfelt worship to God. I don’t think anyone is going to worry about what song and how it’s being sung in Heaven. Maybe we should start preparing our hearts for worship here, in light of eternity, regardless of the style of worship? Praying you have a great week!
Weekly Memory Verse: The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, but He thwarts the way of the wicked. Psalm 146.9