Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Sing Praises

 9I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.
 10It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword. 
(Psalm 144:9-10, King James Version)

Sing Praises

Have you ever wondered what kind of songs we will sing in heaven? How will we even know the words or the tunes? I am sure those are rather unimportant questions in broad scheme of things, but it is true that music has always been a rather important part of worshiping God. Even in the time of David, temple musicians held what we would consider to be full-time positions, for music has always been considered a critical part of the worship service.

In our day, one can attend contemporary worship services using music with a solid beat and often accompanied by a praise band, or one can attend a traditional worship service with psalms or hymns being sung, and often accompanied by an organ or a piano. Of course, there are several varieties of the above-mentioned types of services, some more or less formal. It is also true that people tend to be very passionate about the type of worship service they prefer, often being very critical of those who do not agree.

How, then, are we to know what is most pleasing to God? As one of my former pastors used to say, we certainly have the emphasis on the wrong syllable! As we have often been reminded in this series, called "First Love," God is more concerned about our hearts and not our personal bent toward the style of music we use. David was known as a man after God's own heart, and we would do well to make that our most important goal.

I think we will be amazed when we get to heaven. First of all, I believe the singing of the angels will be a more glorious sound than anything we have ever heard on this earth. All of our petty likes and dislikes will be shed the moment we reach the gates of heaven, and we will experience, for the first time, a pure worship of this wondrous God we love and serve. When we look upon the face of the Lord Jesus Christ (I believe His face is the first face we will see in Heaven), nothing else will matter!

Let us then, like David, worship the Lord, even being willing to learn a new song, as we sing praises, honor, and glory to His holy name. Truly, it is God who grants salvation even unto kings, and it is God who delivers us from harm. He guides, He protects, He nurtures us, and He loves us with an unsurpassable love.

So, no matter what type of music you enjoy, I encourage you this day to sing praises to this mighty and wondrous God we love and serve.

God Bless You,

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