Luke 23:26-56; Genesis 42; Psalm 33
I have a friend who loves to worship God, but he doesn’t like a lot of the new music. He especially doesn’t like the volume. He’s said on numerous occasions that “God’s not deaf.” That’s part of how he was brought up: that worship music should be calm and reverent. Still, he sings along in worship even during the loud songs because of his love for God. “Sing to him a new song! Play your best with joyful shouts! Because the LORD’s word is right, his every act is done in good faith.” (Psalm 33:3-4) As the Bible speaks of musical praise, much of the time it talks about loud instruments and loud singing. God recognizes the natural tendency of people who are joyful to be loud! I’m guessing that when their team scored, fans watching the Super Bowl in the comfort of their homes screamed like crazy. We know what it sounded like on the field. Our praise and worship of God should show the same excitement. All those players did was advance a ball across the goal line. Our God created this world, sustains it, provides for us each and every day, and has provided for our salvation. If we can’t get excited by that, if we can’t sing new songs with joyful shouts because of that and because He continues to watch over us, we are missing out on the party. Heaven’s going to have one loud, long celebration as we rejoiceover God’s victory here on earth. Get ready!
Lord, You are amazing! I am excited as I think about Your love and grace. I’m excited as I realize that You have brought me from a life of sin into a relationship with You. I am amazed that You continue to forgive me each and every day. Let my life and my praise show my joy and excitement over You.