As day 3 of this writing challenge rolls around, I can’t help but see a theme within the songs the Lord has given me. As I mentioned on yesterday’s post, I didn’t intend to put these in any particular order, but it is clear that when the Lord wants to speak to us He does. I pray He is speaking to you, as He is speaking to me.
Today’s song is Here for You by Matt Redman. This song inspires me to literally SHOUT praises. When was the last time you shouted words of praise?
Let Your breath come from heaven
Fill our hearts with Your life
Let our shout be Your anthem
Your renown fill the skies
Psalm 98:4 says:
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
Psalm 47:1 says:
O clap your hands, all peoples; Shout to God with the voice of joy.
Did you notice both verses call for singing with joy? Worship should be both reverent and exciting. Yes I am one of those people that SHOUT, because I was once deserving of wrath but in His mercy I have been made alive.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
As a child I sporadically attended catholic mass on Sundays, and later attended an all girls catholic school. Worship was a part of every morning chapel meeting, however the only worship allowed was quiet and subdued. There is nothing quiet and subdued about Christ. He is not timid or weak. In my opinion our worship should reflect the absolute POWER IN HIS NAME.
In the days of the Old Testament, the Israelites would bring offerings to the Lord as a sign of worship. The offering was placed on the altar and burned up ceremoniously by the high priests, however on a few occasions, fire fell down from heaven and consumed the offering.
God, let Your fire fall down.
I want my worship to be as an aroma pleasing to the Lord.
For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life.
2 Corinthians 2:15-16A
My prayer today is that we may always remember to offer praise, that we begin each and every gathering that is in His name with songs of worship and words of joy.
Let Your Word move in power.
Let what’s dead come to life.