Sometimes when I read about Old Testament worship, I get a picture in my mind that more resembles a World Cup match, or an MLB playoff game, than it does a church service.
It seems that the singing is joy-filled, brash and enthusiastic, as people contemplate all that God has done for them. And loud shouts seem to often accompany the singing.
The reason for all the enthusiasm is clear. As Asaph writes, the same eternal God who operated powerfully in the days of Jacob, is still operating powerfully in their own day many centuries later.
And that’s definitely worthy of a worship shout!
So when was the last time you let out a good, healthy worship shout? When was it that in your singing you could just feel the joy coming forth?
Because that’s what our Savior Jesus hopes for you. He wants you to have a song of victory on your lips, and a shout of pure championship joy forcing its way out from the depths of your belly.
Worship. It’s the sound of pure joy! It’s an uproar of victory!
“Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!” (Psalm 81:1, NIV).
Our Bible reading for Monday, July 6, is 2 Kings 12:1 – 14:22, Acts 25:1-22 and Psalm 81:1-7.
Lord, renew in me the assurance of my salvation. Your Son Jesus has secured victory for me. Move me to unabashedly sing and shout as I worship you from a grateful and joyful heart. I want to be part of the worship uproar.
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