Biblical Worship

In my devotions over the past few days God has been bringing verses before me that show me what He had asked for in the means of worship.  I just want to share a few of these with you and allow you to meditate over them like I have done.  I wonder as I read these verses if I am worshipping Him like I should.  I wonder if I put the effort in the singing, music, etc. that I should when I come before a Holy God.  We need some trumpet players!

Psalm 95:1-2  O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

They were to worship together it seems with the desire of magnifying and exalting His name.
Psalm 34:3  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

God had His people develop an elaborate music service to honor and glorify Him.  They put lots of thought, preparation and money into their music service.  I am afraid that in our church that it becomes just the prelude to the preaching and we do not see its importance to our God and His desires from us.  I simply ask each of you to read all of these verses and consider what they say and then see how we can apply them better in our worship services.

In the following verses we find several truths but before we move on notice above that they were corporately singing or were worshipping as a body.  Though they have people dedicated to this the people were still all involved in worshipping so I do not think we need just a music show where a band sings for us.  In the following verses their clothing was important after all they were there to lead the worship of the Holy God.  Notice there were Levites or full time servants involved in leading the music.  Notice the instruments that they used.  Notice that they sang with the instruments.  Notice that what they said was clear.  Notice that when they sang, played, and worshipped the Lord God came and filled their place.

2 Chronicles 5:12-13  Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:)  It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;

In the following verses notice that even when they were going out to war they considered worship a very large part of what they did.  They appointed singers.  So important that they appoint them.  They were to sing to the Lord.  They were told what to praise and worship.  God came down and gave them the victory when they began to sing and praise.  I wonder if God would be more involved in our services and do more if we would take more seriously our time of singing and praise.

2 Chronicles 20:21-22  And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.  And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

They had an order, a method, a design in how they set up the music program.  Notice the instruments.  Notice that they were commanded of God to do this.  Notice how much the worship was connected to the music and the instruments.  Do you have a musical talent that you are not using?  Could you add to the worship of our God like it shown in these verses?

2 Chronicles 29:25-28  And he set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king’s seer, and Nathan the prophet: for so was the commandment of the LORD by his prophets.  And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.  And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David king of Israel.  And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.

The following verse surely gives us another picture.  They played and sang with all their might.  I wonder how many times I have half heartedly sang to my God.  I wonder how many times we have seen the music as just something that we do in a service like as though it was just a custom or a habit.  Will you come to church these next services and try to take it more seriously?  Will you put some effort into the worship of our God?  I challenge you to respond as I am trying to do with a desire to really worship God through our music program.  It is not ours to question why others do not sing out loud, or why the music isn’t to our liking but rather it is our duty to worship Him with all of our might.

1 Chronicles 13:8  And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.

I have more that I could share and might do that in the coming days.  I will see if any of you mention this to me at church or if you think it was worth your reading.  I want to worship Him more.  I want us to take that part of our service much more seriously. 

I love you guys more than I could ever tell you.  I count it a great honor and privilege to serve God with you.  I just want Him to be pleased with our worship, our love, and our lives.

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