#DailyDevotion Monday May 29, 2017
Praising the LORD—the first fruit of our lips, a call and command (Psalm 150:6).
Being a pastor, I have the pleasure to lead worship services very regularly and have noticed that worshippers in church are always in different moods. I have noticed some people joyfully sing loud to the LORD while others have a deafening voice while singing. I have noticed some dance and jump and clap their hands while others never move their body or at least parts of their body.
This varies from congregation to congregation. I have also noticed those leading songs of praise and worship stop and ask why people are not happy (thus not singing vividly, not clapping or dancing or jumping or at least moving parts of their bodies). I am aware that not everyone is gifted in singing and that one’s mood of praising God shouldn’t just be judged by the pitch of his voice neither dancing, clapping or jumping. I am also aware that not everyone would like to dance and jump because perhaps that’s not their hobby or their congregational tradition.
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Whether we dance, jump, clap or we don’t, we are commanded to praise the LORD. Psalm 150 brings to our notice the call and command for everything that has breath to praise the LORD. The psalmist invites us to praise the LORD for his mighty works, for his surpassing greatness and calls us to a musical praise of God. He writes;
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 sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD (Psalm 150:1-6).
Awesome! Our praise must resonate from the heart, it must be a praise offered to God as a sacrifice—a sacrifice of praise. When the heart is surely in the praise of the LORD, it is likely to move us to sing, dance, clap and jump. Whether the gratitude of our hearts to the LORD in praise is expressed by visible signs of praise or not, at least our hearts must gratefully praise the LORD. Yes, “through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of our lips that openly profess his name” (Hebrews 13:15). Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. Amen! Rev. J
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. He is an author of the Popular Triumphing Over Odds . For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site and his ministry by donating here.