Music Notes

Psalm 95:1, “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!”

The first two verses of Psalm 95 tell us specifically how we should praise God.  Notice a couple of things in this passage.

1) “Us.”  This isn’t an instruction for our private worship (although I think that fits as well) but for our corporate worship.  Our praise should be joyful, enthusiastic and totally focused on the Lord.  How does that fit into your life?  Our church?  Do you, do we come to worship to enthusiastically and joyfully worship God together?

2) It’s an intentional act.  We won’t be ready to be joyful and enthusiastic if our whole focus on coming to church is making sure we (and/or kids) are dressed and are trying to be there on time.  It won’t happen.  I enjoy watching how people go to games of their favorite teams.  They are decked out in all their teams gear.  Many wear it often when there isn’t a game going on.  When we get up on Sundays and prepare for church, do we prepare spiritually as well as physically?  Most fans arrive to the game early.  Do we find ourselves dragging in at the last minute?  Most fans are excited to see their team play (even if they are having a bad year).  Are we excited to be together as a body in worship of our living God?

3) “Joyful.”  Joy isn’t based on circumstances it is characteristic of a person who spends time with God.  It’s the result of a life that has been changed by God’s grace and that grace is active in their hearts and lives.

4) “Noise.”  Did you notice it doesn’t say music?  As a music//choir guy, I want to rewrite that but God wants all of us to joyfully worship whether you can carry a tune or not.

Let’s prepare ourselves to come with “joyful” lives to worship on Sunday!