Psalm 95:1-5 (NLT)
Come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come to him with thanksgiving.
Let us sing psalms of praise to him.
For the Lord is a great God,
a great King above all gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the mightiest mountains.
The sea belongs to him, for he made it.
His hands formed the dry land, too.
I’ve been in churches where people stand, hymnal in hand, barely singing. I’ve also heard bands blaring so loud you can barely hear yourself or others. Either way, what I don’t hear is the community of faith singing joyfully.
While Lent is a time of reflection and sacrifice, Sundays during Lent are times of celebration! Every Sunday in Lent we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus! He is alive and he is with us!
What kind of worship do I, as a pastor, desire? I desire to hear people sing. One of the joys of worship is hearing the community of faith join together in songs of praise. Regardless of how loud the band, or organ is, I desire to hear the people of God singing songs of praise and joy to the Rock of salvation! When the people of God join in the praise of God, we find healing and hope.
I’m not suggesting we shout just to shout. Worship happens when our singing and songs area a result of our relationship with God. Awe of God fuels joyful worship. The more time we spend with God, the more in awe we become.
During the days of Lent, spend time with God, so that on Sunday you might sing and joyfully shout to your Rock of salvation!
Jesus, help me to sing with joy and gusto. Reveal more of yourself to me, so that my awe might come out in song!