The Lord calls us to praise Him. How do we do that? In all kinds of ways. In the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, praise came with a sound, any kind of kind. From the declaration of God’s glory and the praise that God receives by the heavens, to the sounds nature makes everyday, God is praised.
Some of the sounds that God’s creation makes in praise to Him are easily heard like the wind blowing through the leaves of a tree or the roar of the ocean waves as they crash against the rocks along the shoreline. Those same elements of nature can either be in a sound as a whisper or it can be as a cacophony of sounds.
Most of us can handle a whisper of sound, but cannot handle a noisious roar very well; I am among that crowd. But God does, when it is meant to give Him praise.
I was in a worship service a few nights ago at a Youth Camp. If you have ever been to Youth Camp, you know that they are loud. Youth have so much energy that just begs to get out. When that energy is directed toward praise to God, it too can be loud. That is okay because in the Book of Revelation we read of a worship service in heaven. All creation is praising the Lord Jesus. Rev. 5:12 says that they were worshipping the Lord with a loud voice. I have no problem with people worshipping the Lord with a loud voice, as long as it is done sincerely, reverently, decently and in order. Dr. Adrian Rogers used to say that if you don’t like loud worship, he doesn’t know what you are going to do when you get to heaven. We better get used to it because that is what we too will enjoy when we get to heaven.
This particular evening’s worship had an extra element that was unnerving to me. There is always a band in these Youth Camp worship services, as well as other venues. This band had what seemed to me an unusually loud drummer or to put it another way, they had a drummer with very loud cymbals. To me it was a distraction. The “worship” part of this service was interrupted because it wasn’t exactly “my” kind of worship music. It was okay and the lyrics to some of the songs were deep expressions of the singer/writer’s heart for God. Add that to the extraordinarily loud cymbals and I was not experiencing worship as I should.
But then God brought to my mind a set of scriptures; Psalm 150:
- Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament.
- Praise Him for His mighty acts.
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
- Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
- Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
- Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
- Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
Verse 5 says that we are to worship God with loud and clashing cymbals. This band certainly had that covered! When God brought that scripture to my mind, He was reminding me that all that loud clashing noise up there on that stage in front of us was a group of brothers and sisters in Christ leading us in worship and praise. It was not for my or anyone else’s enjoyment, although many did enjoy it. The music they were singing and playing may not have been “my” kind of music and it may have been to loud for my liking; but this band and singer seemed to be worshipping the Lord sincerely, in spirit and in truth. I may not have really enjoyed it; but our Lord did!
Lord, may I enjoy that praise and worship that You enjoy. No matter the source of the praise or the Sound of that praise, help me to add my voice to it for I desire to worship You also along with the heavens and the earth and my brothers and sisters in Christ as their voice ascends to heaven, a sacrifice of hearts and tongues. May You receive it as a sweet aroma unto Yourself. Praise the Lord!