Sing and Shout to the LORD

“O Come, let us sing for joy 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.

—–Psalm 95:1-2 NASB (New American Standard Bible 1995)

The Psalms are full of praise to the Lord. They instruct and remind us of our need to worship and praise the Lord. We need to consistently turn our attention toward God. Our focus should be on obedience and reverence to our Lord and savior.

When and where should we worship and praise the Lord? Should it be done only in church? I think not. Should it be done only on Sunday (or whichever day your church meets)? I think not. Why do I think not? I think and believe that we ought to worship God “in spirit and in truth” as suggested in John 4:23.

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”

—John 4:23 NKJV (New King James Version)

Don’t disregard my meaning. I think worshipping with others in a church setting is important, however, I do not feel it is our only option for worship. Worshipping “in spirit and truth” suggests that we can worship God wherever we are, wherever we go, and whenever we desire. We should worship the Lord in everything we do, even in every minute aspect of our everyday lives.

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

—- Colossians 3:17 NKJV (New King James Version)

Do we have to sing to worship the Lord? Some might have beautiful singing voices while others of us “make a joyful noise.” Throughout the Bible it continually speaks about singing to the Lord, so it must be important. Does God care if we can carry a tune? I, personally, do not think it matters. If you are in a group singing perhaps others would appreciate you being in tune, but maybe when you are alone you can sing and shout praise and thanksgiving to God however you are able.

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

—- Ephesians 5: 19-21 KJV (King James Version)

Singing helps to bring our hearts, our souls, our minds, and our strength together to focus solely and completely on God. When we praise God, it changes us. How might you ask? Praising God changes us for the better by refocusing our affections, realigning our priorities, and restoring our souls. Our spirit becomes open and receptive receiving God’s Holy Spirit.

Worship to God can be expressed in many different forms such as dance, acts of service, generosity, fellowship, prayer, obedience, and the study of scripture. even if we do not use music, we can still express our thoughts, our hearts to God. Praying for those in the line of Hurricane Ian can be one way to “sing,” to worship God.

Take time to Sing and Shout to the Lord. Pray for others. Let your heart be known to God. Thank Him for what He has done for you. Honor God through your Words and your Actions.

God Bless. Thank You. I appreciate y’all.

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