Reading: Psalm 150
The Psalm calls upon us to “Praise the Lord” in many ways. First, we are to praise Him with our voice – to shout or lift up our praises to God. The psalmist also calls upon us to make music to God using all kinds of instruments: trumpets, lyres, harps, tambourines, flutes, strings, cymbals. And lastly, the psalmist encourages us to dance before the Lord. I have the feeling that if the Psalm were written today, the list of instruments would be much longer and the visual arts would also include painting, drawing, images, and so on. In essence the psalmist is telling us to Praise God every way we can.
In our worship yesterday, many of these elements were present. But I do not think God only desires or is impressed by how many instruments or presentations we offer. One lone voice lifted to God can be as pleasing and worshipful to Him as a whole orchestra or huge choir or multi-instrument praise band. In our worship, the “how” God desires is not how many but simply how. “How did you worship me today?” is the question God asks. Did we come before God yesterday with our whole beings, intent on nothing other than offering all we are and all we have to Him?
My off key, changing tempo song can be more pleasing to God than the most polished voice performing a perfect solo. It is all about our heart. When we praise our God, He wants our whole heart to be fully engaged. This day may we find opportunity to praise our God with our whole being.