GO AHEAD AND PRAISE HIM
Psa. 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD!
Jesus said that God is seeking worshippers. To the human ear, that just sounds strange,
to the renewed mind, not so much. You see, worship is the response to seeing greatness. Praise just comes out of our hearts when we see something that stands out as excellent or powerful. You know what I am talking about, the unrestrained cheers when your team wins the Superbowl, the shouts of joy and high fives when a golfer scores the illusive hole in one. What about when your child scores the winning goal, how many people do we tell about our chest swelling joy. Worship is part of our everyday life. Why is it so hard to worship God in a real way? Not just the canned, predictable church songs, I mean the shouts of joy that bubble out of a heart that has seen greatness. Martin Luther had some funny things to say about worship, check him out.
“Go ahead and praise your God. We all use God’s blessings every day, but we never think about where they come from—God. He is the one who gives us everything. Instead, we accept his gifts as if they simply appeared out of nowhere or as if we earned them through our own efforts, diligence, or wisdom. We think that God somehow owes us these things, and therefore we don’t need to thank him. Even animals don’t live that shamefully. Pigs recognize the person who gives them their food. They’ll run after her and cry to her. But the world doesn’t even recognize God, let alone thank and praise him for these blessings. If God’s people must be encouraged to praise him, how can the world be expected to do any better? It’s astounding how unwilling people are to acknowledge what God has done for them and to praise him for it.”
I guess, at the end of the day, worshippers are created when they view the goodness and greatness of God. Worship is not real when we do it out of duty, that smacks of contrived religion and is an insult to the Lord. When someone gets a glimpse of what He is really like, there is nothing left to do, worship is then all we can do. Worship is what happened when the Lord parted the Red Sea, Miriam led the people in the dance. Worship was the result when the anointing fell on David, the manifest presence created a worshipper. When the healing miracles flowed from the ministry of Jesus, the people would begin to shout and glorify the Lord.
Have you ever caught a glimpse of His greatness? If you have, you know what I am talking about. When we see Him for ourselves we can’t help ourselves. Worship is our response to greatness. I guess our response must be to put ourselves in a place to see that greatness. Pursue Him. Seek Him in His word and seek Him where true worshippers gather. Don’t be surprised when you join the ranks of those who worship in Spirit and in truth.