Google+ 10/24/12 Shout to the Lord!

Psalm 98:4-6


Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
Sing to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of a psalm,
With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King.


By now, all of you know how much I love God and music.  God has blessed me with some of the most wonderful people in my ministry who love the Lord and love to sing and play for His honor and glory and I love them deeply for it.  The words in this Psalm are so important.  God makes no mistakes in His wording.  Yes, He says shout!  Break forth in song.  Play the trumpet.  Sound the horn. Shout joyfully.  So is God deaf?  Many have accused me as a music minister of being just that.  Music is like the air conditioning or heat in a church; never correct!  Someone is never satisfied with the volume levels.  It is such a shame because while they are discussing the volume they are missing the point.  We are supposed to be praising God and yes, in this case, loudly.  Don't get me wrong or misquote me.  There are several places in the Bible where we are called to "Be still and know He is God".  Our CD, as an example, has all kinds of different volumes, tempos, and styles.  In Psalm 98 though, we are called to be loud and joyous.  Unfortunately, many people will never experience the true joy of the Lord because they simply cannot open their mind to the fact that worship is many different things and different styles to many different kinds of people.  If you examine the Bible carefully, you will find the references to music to be second only to worship, which also includes music.  Of those references, clearly two-thirds of them reference shouting, dancing, trumpets, drums, cymbals, and many other loud instruments.  Like the passage of scripture above, there seems to be a direct correlation between volume and joy.  If you listen to secular music in the world, you will find it is most often loud and fast.  There are slower and softer moments, but over all loud and fast. So why do churches want to be quiet all the time?  We are getting ready for our Boardwalk and Broadway series here in Central Florida that we do every year.  This year we are featuring songs from several musicals, including the hit show "Sister Act". During one of the songs a dialog ensues between Deloris, the converted nightclub singer who has now become a nun to hide out from some rather shady characters and the sisters she has been instructing in the finer techniques of singing. One of the younger nuns responds after some very loud singing which has been called disobedient, disrespectful, and loud by saying "No I hear what she is is the word of the Lord, why should we whisper it?".  I echo Deloris's response when she says "Amen sister!".  Be quiet when needed but like the Bible says, let's Shout to the Lord and be joyful!