By Alan Hope
Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. (Psalm 111:1)
Well, I believe in the opening verse of Psalm 111 we have it in a nutshell.
One of the key components of our Music Ministry is clearly to facilitate the praise and worship portion of our services on Sundays or at any other occasion when called upon by our minister. It is to encourage the body of Christ in our fellowship through song and worship.
Within our team we must all strive to be of one accord in mind and heart and to love and support one another.
Praise and worship is of profound importance in the lives of the children of God. To give praise to our Lord is to proclaim his merit and worth in the life of the individual who praises him.
Praises to God is one of the major themes of scripture. God has given us the responsibility and the privilege of proclaiming His righteousness with our mouths, our hands and through our music. This is to be a part of our lifestyle.
Praise begins as an act of our will, a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Praise then develops into a desire, “I want to praise the Lord.” This signifies our surrender to God’s power. It is accompanied with the giving of thanks and confession of the Lord’s greatness.
As we come into a deeper awareness of God through this act of our will, it becomes the desire of our heart; our immediate response is to begin giving God glory. This means to make a show, to boast, to shine, to brag about the glory of God. This kind of praise may look foolish to a lot of people, but to God, praise is never foolishness. We are beautiful in God’s eyes and He takes great pleasure in our praises. In fact, God loves our praises so much that He will prove himself mighty on behalf of those who would dare to look foolish in the eyes of man as they boast of their God.
Through our expressions of praise, we begin to enter into His holy presence. At this point praise ceases to be an outward expression and becomes a way of life, for it is abiding in the presence of God that changes our lives.
The more we realise and understand the importance of praise, the more we understand the enemy’s assault on it, and the freer we become to honour the Lord with a life of praise.
From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised. Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forever. (Psalm 113:1-3)