Category: WORSHIP


Useful Noise

“Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord ! Praise the Lord ! ”
(Psalms 150:3-6 NLT)

Everyone has many reasons to be thankful and the natural result of thankfulness should be to praise God. We can praise God with wind, string or percussion instruments. We can praise God softly or loudly. We can praise God using a fast tempo or a slow tempo. We can praise God with our vocal musculature in singing or with our skeletal musculature in dancing. All musical rhythms, beats and genres can praise God. If we are breathing and moving we should be worshipping and praising. Make a useful noise to praise the Lord with whatever you have and with everything that you have!

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Honored

“The twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne”
(Revelation 4:10 NKJV)

Many people are curious about what goes on in heaven. The Bible gives us some clues in the book of Revelation. Both the throne and the crown are symbols of a dignified position or status that comes with great achievement. These twenty-four elders were each seated in comfortable positions on their individual thrones but voluntarily chose to lower themselves to an uncomfortable position kneeling before the Lord. Each had their own crowns but they chose to cast them down before the Lord. God is worthy to receive everything that we hold in high esteem. To worship God is to voluntarily sacrifice our own accomplishments and status in humility before him which is an uncomfortable process. A true worshiper honors God by willingly stepping down from the comfortable throne of their self sufficiency in complete surrender to him.

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Play Together

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together”
(Hebrews 10:24, 25 NLT)

I love Nashville TN and of course the best thing about Nashville is the abundant musical talent. It’s great to see all the individual sidewalk musicians showcasing their abilities but several musicians often join to form one music group because they understand the sound produced is better when they play together. Each musician offers their individual talent to improve the quality of the song. Several believers join as one in the local church because they understand that God’s love is released through them more powerfully when everyone works together. Each believer offers their individual gifts to improve the quality of loving outreach to a world in need. So let’s unite as one and worship God as we serve together.

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Without Words

“The true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers.”
(John 4:23 AMP)

Worshiping the Lord requires much more then a song. Worship is a lifestyle. A true worshiper of God can worship him without words by living their life sacrificed in obedience to him.

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Tough as Nails

“I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”
(Romans 12:1 NLT)

I was walking along a beach board walk one day and I couldn’t help notice all the nails securing the deck boards so that others could walk safely above. The nail surrenders to the hammer enduring each strike for the structural benefit of the deck being built. The Lord Jesus surrendered himself for the benefit of others. “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) Jesus came to earth to be the perfect sacrifice enduring the cross so that many would safely reach their eternal destination of heaven above. God is in the construction business and he is calling his true worshippers to be tough as nails in their sacrificial love for one another to build his Kingdom.

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Already Won!

“But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(1 Corinthians 15:57 NLT)

I went to a Florida Panther professional hockey game recently and was surprised to see cheerleaders actively cheering for the home team to win. I found out later that the cheerleaders were called “ice cats” and this was part of every home game. Of course I have seen cheerleaders in football games but it was the first time for me to see them cheering in a cold ice hockey arena. A cheerleader is a person who leads spectators in traditional or formal cheering, especially at a pep rally or athletic event. The cheerleaders motivate the fans to support their team more enthusiastically which completely changes the atmosphere of the game. Cheering for your team demonstrates loyalty but how much greater then should we praise the Lord in demonstration of our loyalty to him? Sports teams use the cheerleaders to encourage the players to perform their best to win and churches have worship leaders to remind the believers that the victory is already won. So rise up and praise the Lord.

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Lift Him Up

“Let us lift our hearts and hands To God in heaven.”
(Lamentations 3:41 NKJV)

Watching a live sporting event is an exciting experience especially when the fans are enthusiastic about the game. I was at a university football game recently and watched the cheering crowd celebrate the home team as they scored a touchdown. The fans were on their feet jumping with arms raised high. Sadly there is more praise on an athletic field during a sports competition that has no eternal significance than to the Lord who created the arms that we raise. Fans lift up their hands to support athletic heroes that they will never meet and lift up nothing but curses to King Jesus unto whom one day every knee shall bow.(Rom 14:11) We lift up our hands for the purpose of loving our Savior who rescued us from a life without purpose. If we publicly acknowledge the Lord of glory we shall see his glory.

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Set Ablaze

Then a herald shouted out, “People of all races and nations and languages, listen to the king’s command! When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, and other musical instruments, bow to the ground to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue. Anyone who refuses to obey will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”
(Daniel 3:4-6 NLT)

The evil king Nebuchadnezzar prompted people with music to worship a lifeless image of himself. Today the world uses catchy beats or melodies to encourage people to bow down to the lifeless ideals promoted by worthless lyrics. Ironically true believers who voluntarily decide to worship the Lord Jesus will be set ablaze by the fire of God’s Holy Spirit as on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4) but eventually all those not willing to worship the Lord will be involuntarily set ablaze in the fires of hell. (Matthew 25:41) There is only One whom we worship and His name is King Jesus. Surrender completely and get set ablaze with His glory!

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True Worshippers

God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).
(John 4:24 AMP)

People may worship the Lord during the good times if their lives are prosperous with good health but our worship of God should not be related to how many blessing we receive from Him. We do not worship God for what He can do for us. We worship God for who He is with all who we are.

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Great Joy!

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him.(Matthew 2:10, 11 ESV)

Upon seeing the supernatural sign of the star the wise men rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. In the presence of the Lord Jesus they fell to their knees in worship. The Bible says that King Jesus is the “Bright Morning Star” (Revelation 22:16) and the light of His glory illuminates our lives after a time of walking in darkness to enjoy a new day. More then 2000 years after this passage was written King Jesus continues to bring us great joy and yet many are still offended by a Baby in a manger. Many people ask “where’s Jesus?” as they walk in the darkness of life’s difficulties. King Jesus is in our worship and His presence awakens the emotions of our heart as we humble ourselves to worship Him.

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