Sunday rest and reflection–worship.

Greetings in the Wonderful Name of Jesus Christ, the object of our worship!  When many people think of worship, they think of singing hymns or spiritual songs.  Some people think of a church service with a choir, instruments, and people following a worship leader.  Some people just want to sit outside on a nice day and enjoy nature.  Whatever your worship ideal, spend time today honoring God in worship.

Psalms is the temple worship book of the Old Testament Jew.  This was compiled over 1000 years of time and represents a variety of authors and different worship styles.  Most is poetry set to music and was accompanied by instruments.  There were several kinds of musical instruments mentioned in the Psalms. The sounding trumpet was to praise the Lord!  There was the harp which King David played.  The lyre was a stringed instrument, similar to the guitar or mandolin. (Psalm 150:3-4) The flute and  resounding cymbals are also mentioned as well as the tambourine.  (Psalm 149:3; 150:5)

During times of worship, people might kneel or bow down.  Sometimes they stood to honor the Lord and His Word.  Sometimes they would raise their hands or clap their hands.  They would sing the Psalms or they might sing a “new song” to the Lord that came from their hearts by the Spirit.  At times, they would dance and shout or sing before the Lord with loud voices and passionate dance.  David was judged to have made a fool of himself by dancing before the Lord!  He vowed that he would get even more undignified than that for the Lord, thus rebuking his embittered wife Michal.  Sometimes they would be still and simple recognize that God was God.  However you want to express your honor and devotion to the Lord will be accepted if it is done in a spirit of humility and true worship.   God is always looking at the heart of the worshiper.  He desires honest worship from a pure heart!

May you have a wonderful life of worship, beginning today!  God is truly worthy of all our worship.  We can lovingly give Him our full attention, devotion and love!  When we worship, we join the hosts of heaven!

In His Glorious Worship,  Pastor John

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