Posted by: Bob Clark | April 29, 2008

The Beauty of Worship

God is worthy of my worship and praise. He is worthy of my entire life being lived as a sacrifice of praise to Him.

There is no one like God.

There is no god like Jehovah.

The older I get the more I learn about honoring God. The older I get the more sincere I want to be in worshipping God. The older I get the more heart-felt I want to be in worshipping God. The Psalms are a great handbook of sorts on worship.

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10). I value time when I can be still before God. As a preacher I spend much of my time speaking: teaching, preaching, instructing, counseling, and coaching. I find great strength in times when I can be silent before God, listening to Him rather than talking. Those still times are times of worship — when I acknowledge to God that He is worthy of my attention and that I respect Him enough to listen for His prompting.

What’s beautiful about worship is how multi-faceted it can be. While in Psalm 46 I read of being still before God, in Psalm 47 I read something very different. In back-to-back Psalms I learn a lot about the variety of ways God can be worshipped.

“Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth!” (Psalm 47:1-2). God can be worshipped in times of still quietness as well as in times of clapping and cries of joy.

I confess, it is much more natural for me to worship God in times of quiet. In fact, at one time I was taught that clapping and cries of joy were out of place in worship. Clearly that teaching contradicts scripture. But even though my head knows that, it takes time in the word of God to unlearn something that has been drilled into you to the point where your heart feels what your head knows.
A friend recently shared with me some of his thoughts as he wrestles with the same thing. He told me that he is not very demonstrative in his worship. But he has been reflecting on what it means that he is more demonstrative, expressive, and enthusiastic about the Dallas Cowboys than he is about God saving him.

Some questions to consider:

When is the last time you have been still before God?

When is the last time you openly expressed excitement about God with clapping or cries of joy?

Which is more natural for you (and which is more difficult), being still before God or clapping and crying for joy?

Regardless of what comes more naturally, how could your worship be enriched if you learned to worship God in a way that is more difficult to you?

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