If you were a Green Bay Super Bowl fan there was a lot of joyful shouting, and clamor of all kinds of music. Fans when wild with praise of their team. They had a great time, but we have something even greater to shout about. “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 tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” That sounds like quite a celebration to me. Would we say this is undignified, that it doesn’t belong in church. Well, at least David didn’t think so. These are all his words in Psalm 150. “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.”
There is a big event coming this Sunday! The Super Bowl is this Sunday evening. It will be watched by many millions of people around the world. There is even excitement about seeing the Super Bowl advertisements, which are usually quite clever. But there is another event taking place Sunday which doesn’t draw nearly as much attention. There will be services of worship taking place all across the country. Millions of people will also involved, but I rather expect not nearly as many millions, and certainly not with the hype that the Super Bowl gets. People are glued to the action of the pre-game shows, the commercials, and the game itself, for hours upon hours. Some of those same people get fidgety if worship goes beyond its allotted 60 minutes. But in that earlier event we are coming into the presence of Almighty God. We are hearing His words to us, and sharing a meal with Him. I will watch at least part of the Super Bowl, but my real excitement will be happening much earlier in the day.