Google+ 04/27/13 Shout and Sing!

Psalm 95

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.

Come, let us worship and bow down. 

Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God.
We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care.


Unlike the ending of the television season, I will not leave you in suspense.  This is part one of a two-part devotion that will be completed tomorrow, so stayed tuned!!!  David is the author of our Scripture lesson today and tomorrow.  Psalm 95 was probably sung antiphonally in worship.  The first seven verses, that we will study today, served as a hymn that was offered by God's people as a call to worship and prayer.  We should all think about what is being said here in preparation for worship.  David writes, "Come let us sing to the Lord!"  Most of our worship services begin with music.  If they don't, they should.  If you don't know this already, God's idea of praise to Him is singing.  God made us for praise.  As a music minister, I often hear people tell me they can't sing.  Sorry to burst their bubbles, but unless we have a physical speech or hearing disability, we CAN all sing.  If we think we can't, it is probably because we won't!  Yes, I said that out loud. God made us, in our original form, to be singing machines.  In Biblical days, God's people assembled at the temple almost every evening to break bread, fellowship, and you guessed it, sing praises!  Notice that the first two verses of our Scripture today speak twice about singing and once about shouting.  No, God is not hard-of-hearing!  Praising God, out loud, is as much for us as it is for Him.  Many people are not sure why they should shout and sing, so David explains.  In short, David says that we should praise God because of who He is in our lives.  He is a great God, better than any other gods.  God rules the oceans and the mountains, the depths and the heights.  We should bow down.  We should kneel.  God always watches over His flock, making sure that they are all safe.  Seems like more than enough reason to shout and sing, as far as I am concerned!  Do we?  I lobby, as did David, not enough.  In the ministry I lead, we have an opportunity to be together virtually every evening if we choose to participate. It baffles me why most churches have nothing going on most evenings.  How are we supposed to fellowship in the temple daily if the church is locked and dark?  Many of our "performing arts people" do everything that we offer, along with their families.  We break bread, fellowship, and yes, we sing and shout!   We present fully-staged musicals, complete with a free dinner, to encourage non-Christians and Christians alike to come and break bread with us and shout and sing.  We prepare for worship.  We pray.  We study the Bible.  Is all this over the top?  Many people tell me it is and that I should "cut back" and have more "free time," whatever that is!  Read the Bible.  Not only is all of this not over the top, the Bible tells us it is exactly what we should be doing.  We are just trying to be obedient like David and all the worshipers in the book of Psalms.  So, the next time you reach for the TV remote, a video game, your iPad, or the bowling ball, ask yourself if there might be a better way to be productive for God.  Build a Family of God, break bread and fellowship daily, and don't forget to "Shout and Sing!"