Psalms 149:1, 3-4, “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise in the assembly of saints. Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.”
Every Sunday (and sometimes Saturday), churches have services. They may have one or more services. This may be a simple service with a piano, hymns, and a message given in a reserved tone. It may be with a full band, lights, and boisterous pastor giving a message. Regardless of the delivery, the message is the main part that needs to be given. Whatever your church does, let’s have a party with God!
We are to praise the Lord. Praise comes in many forms for many people. The awesome part of creation is that everyone is created uniquely. That means that some people like one thing and another group of people like something else. Praise should be all about God, not about people, but that does not mean that praise needs to be boring and dull. There is nothing against hymns, pianos, rock bands, or lights. If that is what your church does, it should be focused on God. Church needs to be a place that is open to people and church needs to be a place that has people crossing the threshold, ready to hear the word of God.
Sing a new song to God. That means that we should come to God every week with a newness that shows fire in our souls. For me, I love rock n’ roll music so when I go to my church, I hear that music. It has passion and gets me fired up for God. I know that having a rock band experience will not save me but it is one reason why I go to the church I go to. When I am singing to God, I want to sing songs that have passion. I love the old hymns too. Whatever is being sung, let is be sung so that God is honored.
Praise in the assembly of saints. When we are praising God, we should do this in a group. When people are lifting hands and jumping, I feed off of that and praise God more and more. Having fellow Christians around helps and when new people come to the church, it can help them get into praising God, too. While we have life, we should enjoy the blessings that God has given us. For instance, instruments that are made can and should be used for God. Light bulbs were created by man who was created by God and we should use it. Projectors to show words on the screen are created man who was created by God. These blessings do not detract from praising God, but create a greater experience in which to praise God.
Let them praise His name with the dance. Dancing is not a bad thing. Dancing for God is a form of praise. I have been in many churches where there is dancing up and down the aisles. Dancing is expressive and a way to show God how happy you are to in the house of God. We should dance if we feel led to by God and are able to do so. The feeling comes upon many and they cannot help by dance and sing.
Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. The timbrel is an instrument similar to the tambourine. The harp is a stringed instrument. Both are still in use today in many churches. More commonly are guitars, drums, and keyboards. These instruments are also used by music artists. When praising God, there does not need to be any instruments as well but music is important to the soul. For those that need more beat, a church that has these instruments would be appealing. If someone wants less beat, a church with an organ or piano is ideal.
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people. God loves when His people praise and thank Him. I think that God loves all music so long as it is glorifying to Him, otherwise there would not be so many different types of music. God wants us to praise Him in all ways. If that come in the form of a rock concert, God smiles at the words and sounds that are made audible. If it comes in the piano and hymns, God loves that, too. God made His people and despite all our shortcomings, He loves us.
He will beautify the humble with salvation. The humble people are those that are willing to put away their pride and give everything to God. Salvation is for all especially the humble. The Church needs to be a place that people come to for help. Pauline Phillips, writer of the “Dear Abby” column, is quoted as saying, “The church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.” This is so true. Churches today need to worry more about making sure the gospel is preached, than if fancy lights and music offends someone. At the end of life, salvation is the key to enter Heaven.
The world needs Jesus. If there are ways to get people into a church, we should do it. Get them in with the fancy lights, rock and roll music, and connectivity and then shower them with the blessing of the gospel. Let the love of God show. “Creature comforts” are not the problem. It is having a church that does not preach Jesus alive, dead and then resurrected to ensure salvation for all; that is the problem.
In this world, it is all about You. You are the Light. All praise and honor and glory belongs to You. Help us to minister to those in need and come to them where they are. As Your Son ministered to others, we should minister to others as well. The church is more than the building where people go to praise You. It is the people who come. The people that need Your Son because of the spiritual needs. We all need salvation. Help us to give the gift of salvation to the world today and as long as we have breath.
In Your name we pray,