How can you be more expressive in your worship of God? Have you developed a routine of reflecting and pondering the character and deeds of your Almighty Father?
I have been known to make a joyful noise to the Lord with my Fred Flintstone like voice and even break out in song in the car and at home. When David made a joyful noise to the Lord, he was declaring that God is worth his worship. Audibly voicing your love for another is a normal human emotion. Your mouth is simply expressing what is in your heart. Many of us have been conditioned (i.e., trained) to be conservative, reserved, even subdued, when it comes to honoring the Lord for who He is and what he has done.
In times past, the people of God expressed their worship to God in various forms of audio and physical expression. The foundation of worship should be grounded in the teaching and models of Scripture, not culture, tradition, or even your feelings. Listed below are a few guidelines that Scripture describes our first priority – ministry to God.
The writer of Psalm 32:11 says worshipping God with an upright (or right) heart is critical because it is a heart matter, not just an external act or duty. It seems natural to worship God when your motivation is right.
The writer of the Psalms urges us to worship God with words: 46:10 says silence and stillness is a good posture; 71:8 says to use words; 98:1 says to sing your words; 98:6 adds to SHOUT YOUR WORDS; 126:1-3 says laughing with joy is okay, too.
Psalm 95:1-7 records that because Israel had witnessed God’s awesome deeds, they responded with passionate (i.e. joyful) singing. Their singing was alive because God himself was alive, present, and real to them.
The writer of the Psalms urges us to worship God with action: 47:1 says clapping your hands is a way of expressing honor and recognition of His nature; 63:3-4 says raising your hands is a way to indicate surrender as well as adoration; 95:6 says bowing and kneeling model humility and reverence in His presence; 134 says standing shows honor; 149:3 says dancing before the Lord is appropriate.
The writer of Psalm 100 (pause and read it now) reminds us that we must worship God with our wholeness – all of our mind, emotions, body, strength, and will. Psalm 150 says all manner of instruments are useful and necessary to worship God. I keep a stick in my car to bang on the steering wheel when I worship God and want to respond with word and action as I observe nature, sing along with my iPod, and express my love.
We are called to be expressive in our worship of the One True God. This inward experience needs to lead to an outward expression of our love for Him. It is not mere emotionalism, yet our emotions need to be engaged – we can taste and see who God is. As we do, we are transformed by His magnificent presence. As a result, worship should be a natural outflow of what we want to express to our Father, King, and Lover.
Grow devotionally. We worship God because He deserves it (Revelation 5:9-14).
Love is a verb,