Authentic Worship

Psalm 150 (ESV) Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! 2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! 3 Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! 4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! 5 Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

We can see from Psalm 150 that worship in the Old Testament was vibrant, energetic, and loud! People were worshipping God through musical instruments, dance, and lifting up songs of praise. There are special words in the Old Testament for praise, here are a few: Yadah- To worship with extended hands (Psalm 134:2). Tehillah- to praise God with music and singing (Psalm 22:3). Hallel- the root of Hallelujah. This means to boast or brag about the lord to the point of appearing foolish (Psalm 104). God desires our worship today to also be vibrant and authentic. If you sometimes feel distracted or confused by the way others are worshipping, remember worship is not about you! True worship is about giving God glory and proclaiming His praises.

Prayer Focus: Pray for our church that God would help us continue growing in authentic and vibrant worship that gives God glory.