Praise and worship form an important part of our church services, but what does worship mean to us, and what does it mean to God? Is worship really about coming together to sing songs of praise, or is there more to it than that? We are going to spend two weeks looking together at ‘Worship’.
The Psalms have been called the Bible’s hymn book, so they are a great starting point for exploring worship. Psalm 66, like many other Psalms of Praise, begins with an invitation – a command actually – to get up and get worshipping: “Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious.”
Praise and worship of God isn’t an optional extra. In fact, it should be our natural response to God’s holiness and goodness. But sometimes we need a bit of prompting to get started, especially if we are feeling tired or down or we are struggling.
In Psalm 57:7-8, David says, “I will sing and make music. Awake, my soul!” David’s worship was a positive decision, and this is true for us too. Sometimes we have to command our souls to wake up, start singing and give God the praise that he is due.
As you come into church on Sunday mornings, are you ready to praise God? Do you need to command your own soul to “Awake!”? We don’t have to spend hours in prayer to prepare ourselves to worship God, but sometimes we do need to take a deep breath and make that positive decision to focus on him, worship him, make his praise glorious.
In fact, why wait until Sunday? Every day is a good day to praise God! Whether you are reading this early in the morning or not, why not command your soul to wake up and start praising!