Fall into worship, without hesitation.
God is all knowing, all powerful, sovereign, and good. He is to be feared, but is also our source of Love and life and passion, which is what we encounter when we fix our eyes to Him and meet his presence with praise and adoration.
"Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord."
These are not quiet sounds. We have the Word of God at our finger tips and it is tellin us, in no uncertain terms, to raise a racket in our worship. This shouldn't be a hard thing to comprehend, either. When the Spirit is active with us and we seek Him, there is an almost tangible emotion driving desires in us to shout and laugh and to cry; to fall into the embrace of the presence of God. We are utterly free to be joyous in Him. What an amazing concept: there's no "calm down, bro," with God, there's no "it's not that big of a deal." The joy we seek and find in Him by becoming one voice in song is endless and shameless.
Pull up a Bible app on your phone or find a "Bible hub" of sorts on the internet and do a quick search of the word "shout"... I'd be willing to bet the majority of results are not words of anger, but of triumph and joy. Let's try it out, shall we?
Yea, that's exactly what happened.
Why am I ranting about this? Because we, the body, tend to go to church every week, drink the coffee, sing the songs, hear the sermon, and then go home and take the nap.... Lather, rinse, repeat.
There is somewhat of a stigma that only "new" believers or people who are "a little weird" really dance and shout their worship as if no one's watching (but let's be real, if we'r all worshipping fully, no one should be watching), but what challenges me about that notion is the implication that over time, the presence of Christ, the presence of the King Of Kings and Creator of the universe, can get.... boring.
Garbage. I call the bluff.
The problem is the long time believer who has forgotten the childlike joy we once felt in realizing our freedom in Jesus.
What gets boring is the sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15), the act of *seeking* intimate moments with the Lord.
We are flesh, it is unnatural for us to seek Him even though we may know it's in our best interest. We fall short and fail to keep ourselve somehow remembering that the greatest fulfillment we can feel on this earth, in this life, is not Netflix or a pile of cookies, but a surrender to our Father who loves us. To raise your voice and sound off is to release emotion that has built up... I'm not even going to get into what this does for us as far as laying down our burdens, that's a different blog for a different day. What I will hammer home right now is that worship, in the form of congregational gathering and singing, is MUCH more powerful than the regular believer allows it to be, and I encourage anyone, anywhere, to embrace the surrender, and fall into it.
Article Written by Aaron Spina | Worship Resident