Sunday, July 02, 2006

Shout...

A few weeks ago, we were sitting in the "green room" at Church waiting for the proper time to go out and play our next set and the subject of Worship and Praise came up. Now to set this up a little bit, the series was "21" with this particular message being "Rebel".

Today, I ran across Psalm 100.

I don't know if you have noticed but many people think that music in the church should be tranquil. Let's look at the verses above in "The Message".
1-2 On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into his presence.

3 Know this: God is God, and God, God.
He made us; we didn't make him.
We're his people, his well-tended sheep.

4 Enter with the password: "Thank you!"
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him. Worship him.

5 For God is sheer beauty,
all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.

While there are times to be quiet and introspective, I don't see that here. The King James phrases the first verse as "A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands". with the word Noise meaning "figuratively to split the ears (with sound)".

Let's look quickly at Psalm 150 (my favorite) in The Message.

Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy house of worship,
praise him under the open skies;
Praise him for his acts of power,
praise him for his magnificent greatness;
Praise with a blast on the trumpet,
praise by strumming soft strings;
Praise him with castanets and dance,
praise him with banjo and flute;
Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum,
praise him with fiddles and mandolin.
Let every living, breathing creature praise God!
Hallelujah!
Here, the word "praise" means "to shine; hence to make a show; to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave"

Are we being loud enough when we praise?


1 comment:

Rob said...

Having just attended a concert at Red Rocks it made me think of something very similar. How restrained we tend to be in church about eternal things, while going crazy about earthly things.

Humh?