031306 Finding God in the Mystery of every day
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2 Chronicles 5: 12 and the Levites who were the singers, all those of Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, stood at the east end of the altar, clothed in white linen, having cymbals, stringed instruments and harps, and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets— 13 indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:
“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever,”
that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not]continue ministering
When I began this journey of praise many years ago I had no idea how controversial the matter and manner of worship would become. Everything from snide comments to outright boardroom warfare has convinced me that like King David, dancing in the street, (2 Samuel 6: 21 David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”)
When called upon to worship the manner of the song is far less important than the heart behind it. If we praise the Lord with all of our heart, He hears us and dances with us. No era has cornered the “market” for church music. In no century has there been a moment free from the whiners and complainers. Over the years I have worshipped freely to the strains of every kind of music imaginable. So, what have I learned?
Simply this. Worship is a matter of the heart. When we let Jesus into our heats through the music, He is right there with us healing our every trouble.
This coming Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent (11/27/2022). Why not plan on making time to be in Church this week and each week until Christmas? If you do, you might just be surprised how much more Christmas will mean to you.