Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works. 1 Chronicles 16:9
Do you ever turn up the radio when a specific song comes on?
What about the song taking you back in time?
A simple lyric or bass line can evoke emotions and memories catapulting us to either another place in our mind.
It’s amazing the powerful effect music can have on our emotions.
We can go from happy to sad in a New York minute and back again.
Our Creator cleverly designed music to move, influence and give pleasure.
I know music is a major part of my life.
I’ve been told I came out of the womb singing.
Because music means so much to us, it stands to reason our creator loves music too.
Over and over in the scriptures we see our bible heroes use music as a means to worship GOD.
In 2nd Chronicles 5 we learn the men of Israel congregated with King Solomon to celebrate the Ark of the Covenant’s arrival.
In celebration they made continuous sacrifices, had feasts and played music.
The LORD was so moved HE filled the temple with a cloud.
So if the LORD loves music….
Do we sing to HIM only at church on Sundays?
Do we just turn up the radio on the Christian station and sing along?
I believe the LORD wants HIS children to be more intentional with our worship.
When our heart is in tune with HIS….nothing can be sweeter than to offer a simple song of worship.
You see…..worship isn’t about standing and singing with the congregation on Sundays.
It’s not singing along in the car either….
It’s about offering our self in different methods of worship, with a sincere heart.
We know our GOD is a GOD of variety and creativity.
Just like we want a variety of choices in our meals…..
HE desires diversity in how we worship HIM.
When we do the same things all the time we can become complacent.
We have a tendency to get bored.
We react and respond out of habit.
Our focus can be meaningless.
Variety breathes new life.
I believe GOD craves a variation of ways to worship from HIS children.
Some may not be musical…. elegant orators….or writers….but GOD does not care about our skill level.
HE cares about our desire to praise HIM in a specific way pleasing to HIM.
Do we care enough to offer a sincere chorus of song in our quiet time?
Do we pen our own words of Praise from a grateful heart….lifting up HIS name for all HE does for us?
Do we read Psalms aloud to HIM?
Do we lift our hands lauding HIS mercy over our lives?
When we “DO” worship like this…..it’s intentional.
Being intentional with GOD is personal….it’s not cookie cutter worship.
Sincere praise from an intentional heart celebrating GOD is a sweet sacrificial offering.
I challenge you this THANKSGIVING….
BE INTENTIONAL in your worship.
Lift your hands to HIM.
Sing HIM a sweet song.
Write HIM a love letter of praises.
Let HIS presence fill your spirit….
For then you will experience GOD in a new way.