Episode 25: “Shout joyfully!” 

May 01, 2023Dave Lambert
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Some weeks ago, Pam and I were driving through town and we saw the church bus of a local Hispanic congregation. I didn’t get the full name of the church but I saw that part of the name was Adoracion.  I thought about that for a moment and considered the fact that adoracion is the Spanish word for worship. What do you think of that? When you think of your own worship experiences would you characterize them as adoration? Do you adore Jesus? Let’s keep those questions in mind as we listen to today’s passage:

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. (Psa. 95:1-6 New Kings James version) 

The writer of this psalm is calling us to worship God. How does he tell us to do it? Sing to the Lord! Shout joyfully! Be thankful! Shout joyfully some more! Bow down! Kneel! This passage calls us to truly express our adoration and worship to God with the posture of our bodies. Have you ever worshiped this way? Why should we do that, anyway? The answer is also found in today’s passage: “For the Lord is the great God…the great King above all gods.” When you and I enter a relationship with God, life should change. We’re not fitting into some kind of religious system; we’re coming into a cosmic friendship with the Person who is at the center of the universe that He created. When we come to Him offering Him our worship, we should lose ourselves in His beauty; His glory; His marvelous friendship. Today, take a few moments to offer God your worship. He created and continues to sustain the universe you live in; He sought and found you, lifting you out of your wickedness and enmity and adopting you into His family. He watches over you every waking and sleeping moment.  

Lift Him up…adore Him! And when you do, you proclaim the Good News! 

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