It is football season in Texas! Friday nights find us out at the various stadiums cheering for our teams. I love the thrill of seeing our boys take the ball and run through all the defenders as they return a kcik off for a touchdown. In all of my years of watching football, I never tire of seeing that. As I think about it, I don’t recall a single time that the fans just sat there passively and watched it happen. Spontaneously we all jump to our feet and begin to yell. We can get excited and cheer with abandon when a great play happens.
However, when it comes to our worship, we seldom see such spontaneous praise. I wonder why that is? In worship, we are showing reverence and adoration for God. Worship is to be a part of our daily walk with Him. As we read the Scriptures, we come across many examples of worship. Many of the Psalms are hymns of adoration for God. One of my favorites is Psalm 95. Hear the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 95:3-7
“For the LORD is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
7 For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.”
In these few phrases, God is exalted. He is acknowledged as King above all. His supremacy over all creation is declared. The Psalmist calls us to worship and bow down before our awesome God.
When was the last time you broke out in spontaneous praise? When did you last see God’s hand at work in the world or in the word and it lead you to worship? My prayer is that God would open our eyes and hearts and we would worship with abandon. When God is at work, it is for more worthy of celebration than the greatest play in football.