Good Morning February 19

“Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.”(Psalm 150) Wow! What ever happened to the decorum in church? Strings, pipes, clashing of cymbals in the praise of the Lord? Well, maybe we don’t do that in our communion service, yet there is the greatest of joy and the highest of praise in our hearts in knowing the truth of the words “given and shed for you for the forgiveness of your sins”. We do need to be able to abandon ourselves to the praise of our Lord.
This is more than just having a praise team turn up the volume. It is pouring out our hearts in the depth of humble worship. When David brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem he danced in the streets before it. Psalm 22:3 says “God inhabits the praises of His people.” We draw near to our God as we praise Him with words, songs, and deep expressions of our hearts. “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth…”(Psalm 149:6) Hallelujah!