Biblical, Not Traditional, Worship | Psalm 47:5-9
Today’s Passage: Psalm 47:5-9
Key Verses: Psalm 47:5-8
God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the LORD amid the sounding of trumpets. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.
Worship - shouts of joy. Worship - sounding of trumpets. Worship - sing praises, sing praises, sing praises. The psalmist wants to make sure we don’t miss it. Worship involves the senses. Worship involves participation. Worship involves getting our hands out of our pockets and letting God know that we understand who he is!
This song was written for worship in the temple. Many think it was used specifically for festival celebrations. The carrying of the ark into the temple may have represented the ascending of God. The ark symbolized God’s throne; the temple his heavenly dwelling. The people gathered for participatory worship.
Why shouldn’t people get involved in worshiping God? After all, he is “the King of all the earth.” He “reigns over the nations.” He is “seated on his holy throne.” All the kings of the earth belong to him. He is “greatly exalted.” Now, take your hands out of your pockets, clap your hands, and sing praises to our King!
Father, may we worship you in a way that honors you. Help us to be more biblical, not traditional, in our worship. In Jesus’ name. Amen.