by Annie Duarte
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‘Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song’ (Psalm 95:2).
Sing for joy! Shout aloud! Come before him with thanksgiving. Extol him with music and song. The psalmist’s instructions are clear. Worship – the positioning of your heart before the Lord – can and should look like this. And as if the psalmist can hear our questioning, ‘Why?’, verses 3–5 remind us of the vast greatness of our God. Why should we sing, shout, bow or kneel? Because he is so worthy! He created us, and we are his.
What does this look like for you? Are there hymns or songs that help you to set your heart in a posture of worship, awe, and wonder at how great God is? There may be different physical stances that assist you to focus. It is common to bow our heads, close our eyes, and fold our hands when we pray. There is no holy formula to this, but this may help you to concentrate. When you worship the Lord in song, you may find it helpful to bow, kneel, or even lay prostrate in reverence. You may need to raise your hands in surrender or extend open palms before you as you receive strength for the day. You might raise your arms toward heaven, as a child would reach up for his parent to hold him. You might find yourself walking, dancing or jumping with joy and praise! In my opinion, there is no better cardio workout. It is good for the heart in every sense!
You could be thinking, ‘I’m not musical. This isn’t for me’. Rest assured that the Lord loves the sound of your voice, no matter how you feel about it. God created music so that we could use it to please him. Find a recording of a hymn that reminds you of his goodness and crank it up! Play it on repeat if you wish. Don’t let self-evaluation or fear of feeling foolish distract you from bringing to Jesus that which he desires: your heart and your praise. In your car, in your home, on the train or the bus, in the morning or in the evening, come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. You won’t regret it!
Lord, you are the great God, the king above all gods. I worship you with everything I have because you have given me everything in the first place. Amen.