I am grieved over the state of the church in America. We are complacent and comfortable. We have patted ourselves on the back because during the “pandemic” we finally started to gather again. We are magnanimous in our tolerance of those who wear masks and those who don’t. Our worship is limp and lame. Where is the shouting?
May we shout for joy over your salvation,
and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions (Psalm 20:5)!
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart (Psalm 32:11)!
Where is the loud singing?
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing (Zephaniah 3:17).
God sings loudly over us, so shouldn’t we sing loudly over him?
And the people of Israel who were present at Jerusalem kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with great gladness, and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day, singing with all their might to the Lord (2 Chronicles 30:21).
And, by the way, where is the dancing? Now, I have really lost some of you. But, that was a form of worship in the Old Testament. I guess God like it then …
Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre Psalm 149:3)!
As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart (2 Samuel 6:16).
We know what happened to Michal because she despised David for publically worshipping the Lord. Read 2 Samuel 6.
The church needs to get loud. The church needs to be heard. The church needs to leave the building!
And I need to do all those things!
Despite us, we are loved.