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"For you. No. "Joyful. We should never think of worship as something reserved for a Sunday morning. So. we adore thee" or "Somber. The psalmist resolves "to declare your steadfast lovein the morning. Should we use traditional hymns or contemporary songs? Which do you prefer. but I'm weary of the worship wars that have wreaked havoc in so many churches. without further ado. I don't have a solution for a cease-fire or a remedy that will make everyone happy. 66:1. 3-5). 92:3) and "trumpets and the sound of the horn" (98:5-6). Contrary to the blasphemous sentiments of Christopher Hitchens' recent book (God is not Great). 92:4). It's sad to look back over the past twenty-five years or so at the damage and division that have resulted from this internecine conflict. grumpy. we adore Thee"! (4) Worship that pleases God is grounded in the recognition and celebration of his greatness. So. also Pss. That may sound a bit strange. but our Lord does appear to enjoy the loud and harmonious sounds that come from all sorts of instruments. somber. The psalmists speak of "the music of the lute and the harp" as well as "the melody of the lyre" (Ps. and his greatness is unsearchable" (Ps. This isn't to say that singing a cappella is forbidden or unacceptable to God (far from it). we are to "make a joyfulnoise to the Lord" and "break forth into joyous song" (Ps. 98:4). 145:3). (3) Clearly God delights in joyful worship (92:4. and greatly to be praised. and your faithfulness by night" (Ps. at the works of your hands I sing forjoy" (Ps. I suspect the battle will continue. But perhaps a start would be for us to return to the biblical text to determine. look with me at ten truths or principles that we need to keep in mind when we worship and as we try to draw the near the throne of grace in a way that will honor and exalt the name of Jesus. 98:4). I guess there are good grounds for the hymn writer having penned the words. 88:1. (1) Worship that pleases God is perpetual and constant. Listen again to the psalmist: "How great are your works. A great God calls for great praise. It is always and ever appropriate. not what makes us feel comfortable. O Lord. I concur with King David: "Great is the Lord. have made me glad by your works. (5) Worship that pleases God is both loud and logical. Psalm 150 speaks of "trumpet sound" and "lute and harp" and "tambourine" and "strings and pipe" and "sounding cymbals" and even "loud clashing cymbals" (vv. As I was reading through Psalms 92-98 I couldn't help but notice the exhortations and counsel concerning how and why and to what end we are to worship. for there we are exhorted to "make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!" Note well that worship here entailsnoisy . O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep!" (Ps. but seems reasonable in light of Psalm 95:2 (cf. a robed choir or praise team? Baldwin piano or acoustical guitar? Liberty or liturgy? Standing or sitting? Formal or free? Long or short? Hands raised or at your side? Solemnity or celebration? As much as I may wish otherwise. we adore Thee" rather than "Grumpy.I don't know about you. but what it is in worship that pleases God. 92:5). 92:2). (2) Worship that pleases God is instrumental. Again. 98:4-6). as if there were any hour of any day where it wasn't the thing to do. joyful.

we'll look at the place of dancing. 96:1. Numerous times in the Psalter we are exhorted not simply to sing a song. It is good to know that one can be both exuberant and exact.' We are persons possessing an intricate complex of physical and spiritual realities. as well as 40:3. both passionate and precise. ascribe to the Lord glory and . We are more than hearts or souls or‘inner beings. but not random or chaotic sounds. Revelation 5:9). But in Psalm 95:6 we are called to "worship and bow down" and to "kneel before the Lord. (9) Worship that pleases God ascribes glory to his name but doesn't add to it. Later. Now. do so with our physical bodies as well" (132). "Declare his glory among the nations. nor even to sing a song joyfully. (8) Worship that pleases God is public. his marvelous works among all the peoples!" (Ps. but one in particular stands out in my memory. no less so than with your mind and heart? Do you declare his worth physically as well as spiritually? Ron Allen put it well: "We are not simply spirit beings. In an earlier meditation I focused on the raising of one's hands and its symbolic importance. 96:3). We do not merely shout aimlessly in the air but fashion our delight into melodies of spiritual substance and theological clarity. I love to have a continuous flow of worship filling the air. Isaiah 42:10. declare your worth. At one point the bride and groom take this pledge: "My body will adore you. of theologically precise and well-formed articulations of God's worth and glory and majesty. no one enjoys private worship more than I do. And your body alone will I cherish. with my body. O families of the peoples." What a beautiful expression of marital affection! So I'll ask. I will.songs! There is volume to David's praise. Take special note of Psalm 96:7-9 . (6) Worship that pleases God is physical."Ascribe to the Lord. 98:1. and asked that I use portions of the Anglican ceremony that she had heard so often growing up. do you adore and cherish God with your body. We who worship God truly with the heart. so let our worship of him be fresh as we constantly compose new and exciting songs of praise. His noise takes the form of songs. I can only surmise that we are to sing new songs because God is always doing new and creative and unprecedented and heretofore unseen and unrevealed things for his people. Whether in my car or on my bed at night or in my study by day. both loud and logical. but to sing a new song (see Pss. God is fresh in his love and his redemptive and providential dealings with us. 149:1. (7) Worship that pleases God is fresh and creative. our Maker!" I can't recall the number of weddings I've performed. or as I said. But this should never justify the failure to corporately worship in the presence of all. The bride was from England. in our study of Psalms 149 and 150.

I'll be the first to change. and forever will be infinite. . Our responsibility. indeed our joyful and delightful privilege. and all that fills it. . And "let the rivers clap their hands. Until then. let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord. God's glory and worth always have been. but I'm not particularly concerned with what puts you at ease. Several years ago a man approached me and said. When I'm persuaded from Scripture that my worship brings God discomfort. Sam . 96:11-13a)." (Ps." I did my best to be kind and considerate. both in terms of passion and physical posture. I'm not comfortable with the way you worship. I'm primarily concerned about what pleases God. I'll pay a bit more attention to what makes you feel comfortable. bring an offering. but I do hope all of us have but one preeminent concern in our souls: to worship in a way that pleases and honors our great Triune God. but found this response in my mouth: "I'm certainly open to correction." That may not have been the most diplomatic response. I've been known to be quite exuberant at times in my worship of the Lord. and I'm sorry you were offended. is to ascribe or predicate or declare or make known or display or pronounce what is inherently and eternally true of him. When the day comes that you are the object of my praise and adoration. (10) God is especially honored when the whole of creation joins in celebrating his goodness and greatness. are now. and come into his courts!" We should never purport to give God glory as if we were capable of adding to his supply or somehow enhancing and expanding the quantity of divine splendor. and let the earth rejoice. "let the heavens be glad. let the sea roar. 98:8-9a). no doubt sincerely. "Sam. for he comes to judge the earth" (Ps.strength! Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name. let the field exult and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord . So.

..................................Psalm 2:2 APOSTLE............John 6:33 BREAD OF LIFE...Isaiah 40:28-31 meaning "The everlasting God" MORE NAMES OF GOD            ABBA....Acts 3:15 AUTHOR OF OUR FAITH......Malachi 1:6 meaning "Lord"..........Exodus 15:26 meaning "The Lord our healer" JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU.Exodus 17:15 meaning "The Lord our banner" JEHOVAH-SHALOM....Genesis 14:17-20. ADONAI........................................Jeremiah 23:6 meaning "The Lord our righteousness" JEHOVAH-JIREH...............Genesis 2:4 a reference to God's divine salvation................Genesis 1:1...Revelation 21:6 BLESSED & HOLY RULER.........Revelation 22:13 AMEN....Genesis 22:13-14 meaning "The Lord will provide" JEHOVAH-NISSI.....Hebrews 3:1 ARM OF THE LORD................Genesis 17:1..Revelation 3:14 ANCIENT OF DAYS............................................................Daniel 7:9 ANOINTED ONE............Isaiah 14:13-14 meaning "The most high God EL-ROI................. JEHOVAH--YAHWEH......Jeremiah 51:6 meaning "The God of Recompense" EL-ELYON....Romans 8:15 ADVOCATE....John 6:35 ...Ezekiel 48:35 meaning "The Lord who is present" JEHOVAH-RAPHA.............Genesis 17:1 ALPHA.....Psalm 23:1 meaning "The Lord my shepherd" JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH......... JEHOVAH-MACCADDESHEM........Isaiah 6:1-3 meaning "The Lord of Hosts" JEHOVAH-GMOLAH..............1 Timothy 6:15 BRANCH................THE NAMES OF GOD OLD TESTAMENT NAMES FOR GOD ELOHIM...........Psalm 91:1 meaning "The God of the mountains or God Almighty" EL-OLAM.....Jeremiah 33:15 BREAD OF GOD. a reference to God's power and might............................ Psalm 19:1 meaning "God".......Judges 6:24 meaning "The Lord is peace" JEHOVAH-SABBAOTH...........Hebrews 12:2      BEGINNING......... a reference to the Lordship of God....I John 2:1 (kjv) ALMIGHTY..................................................Isaiah 53:1 AUTHOR OF LIFE...............Exodus 31:13 meaning "The Lord thy sanctifier" JEHOVAH-ROHI.Genesis 16:13 meaning "The strong one who sees" EL-SHADDAI......................

....Matthew 22:42 CHRIST OF GOD...1 Kings 19:12 GIFT OF GOD.............................Luke 2:11 CHRIST.....John 14:26(kjv) COMMANDER..........Col........Rev.........8:29...................Deut..1 Peter 5:4 CHOSEN ONE................................Genesis 17:1 GOD OVER ALL............John 4:10 GLORY OF THE LORD...................................................1 Cor...................................................Hebrews 4:14 GREAT SHEPHERD... Heb...............................Deut...........Rom..............................Luke 9:20 CHRIST THE LORD.............................Romans 11:26 DESIRED OF ALL NATIONS.................Genesis 1:1 GOD ALMIGHTY.15:20-23 FOUNDATION............Matthew 6:9 FIRSTBORN (3).........................Haggai 2:7 DOOR...................................................................1:5.........................Genesis 16:13 GOOD SHEPHERD.....Revelation 1:5 FATHER............................................Revelation 22:16              CHIEF SHEPHERD..............  BRIDEGROOM..................Luke 2:25 CONSUMING FIRE....Isaiah 28:16 COUNSELOR............................................................John 10:11 GREAT HIGH PRIEST.......... SON OF LIVING GOD.....Isaiah 62:56 BRIGHT MORNING STAR................................Isaiah 40:5 GOD........................... 33:27 EVERLASTING FATHER................John 10:7(kjv)    END......................Matthew 16:16 COMFORTER...........Romans 9:5 GOD WHO SEES ME.................. 4:24. 3:11 FRIEND OF TAX COLLECTORS & SINNERS.............. 12:29 CORNERSTONE....................Isaiah 55:4 CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL............1:15 FIRSTFRUITS...........Isaiah 9:6 CREATOR..........1 Peter 4:19    DELIVERER.................Revelation 19:11 FAITHFUL WITNESS....................Hebrews 13:20 .......Matthew 11:19           GENTLE WHISPER.Isaiah 42:1 CHRIST...........................Revelation 21:6 ETERNAL GOD.......Isaiah 9:6        FAITHFUL & TRUE......1 Cor...................................

............Matthew 1:21 JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD........1 Cor....Exodus 34:14 (kjv) JEHOVAH..Song 2:1 LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH....John 1:29 LAST ADAM.........1 Timothy 6:15 KING OF THE AGES........................................John 4:10 LORD........................................................................................................Titus 2:13 HORN OF SALVATION.2 Cor...... GUIDE........................Ephesians 5:23 HEIR OF ALL THINGS........................ John 8:58 IMAGE OF GOD...............John 14:6 LIGHT OF THE WORLD............. 15:45 LAWGIVER........ 15:57 ............Hebrews 6:20 HOLY ONE.......Isaiah 55:4 LIFE..1 Peter 2:4 LIVING WATER............1 Timothy 1:17 KING OF KINGS..........John 13:13 LORD GOD ALMIGHTY................................... Acts 10:42     KING.........................Hebrews 1:3 (kjv) IMMANUEL.............................Zechariah 9:9 KING ETERNAL............................1 Cor........Isaiah 33:22.............................................................John 8:12 LIKE AN EAGLE..................................................................................Revelation 5:5 LIVING STONE..........................................Psalm 48:14           HEAD OF THE BODY.................................................Isaiah 7:14      JEALOUS..Deut.............Isaiah 49:7 HOLY SPIRIT...............................Hebrews 1:2 HIGH PRIEST.............................Luke 1:69     I AM..............Hebrews 3:1 HIGH PRIEST FOREVER......Revelation 15:3 LORD JESUS CHRIST..................Acts 2:27 HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL................................... 32:11 LILY OF THE VALLEYS.......Isaiah 33:22 LEADER.......................................John 15:26 HOPE..............................Colossians 1:18 HEAD OF THE CHURCH......................................Romans 6:23 JUDGE.. 4:4 IMAGE OF HIS PERSON..Revelation 15:3               LAMB OF GOD...........Exodus 3:14....................Psalm 83:18 (kjv) JESUS..................................

.....................Job 19:25 REFINER'S FIRE....... 2:8 LORD OF HOSTS...1:3 REDEEMER.............. 6:15 LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS..................................................1 Tim...John 1:18(kjv) OUR PASSOVER LAMB.................Acts 3:22 PURIFIER.......1 Timothy 2:5 MERCIFUL GOD........ 22:16 ROSE OF SHARON.....................................................Isaiah 64:8 POWER OF GOD.....1 Cor................1 Cor.......................John 11:25 RIGHTEOUS ONE.Malachi 3:1 MESSIAH.......................................................Malachi 3:2 RESURRECTION................................1 John 2:1 ROCK.Isaiah 60:16  NAZARENE............................Acts 10:36 LORD OF GLORY ......................1 Cor.............Revelation 22:13 ONLY BEGOTTEN SON.......................................................Malachi 3:3             RABBONI (TEACHER).Isaiah 53:3 MASTER.. 1:24 PRINCE OF PEACE......................................................Song 2:1 RULER OF GOD'S CREATION.............John 20:16 RADIANCE OF GOD'S GLORY.....................................Heb.... 3:14 RULER OVER KINGS OF EARTH........Rev...................Micah 5:2 ......................................Isaiah 9:6 MIGHTY ONE.........Haggai 1:5 LORD OF LORDS..................Ephesians 2:14      POTTER.................................................................................... John 4:25 MIGHTY GOD..10:4 ROOT OF DAVID...............................................Revelation 22:16 OMEGA.1 John 4:8         MAN OF SORROWS...... 5:7 OUR PEACE.............................................1 Cor.............................Rev....................Luke 5:5 MEDIATOR...Jeremiah 3:12 MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT...........................................      LORD OF ALL.Matthew 2:23      OFFSPRING OF DAVID..Jeremiah 23:6 LOVE.......................................Isaiah 9:6 PROPHET..................Rev 1:5 RULER OVER ISRAEL................................................

........................................Malachi 4:2     TEACHER....John 14:6  VINE.... 1:24 WITNESS.Isaiah 42:1 SHEPHERD OF OUR SOULS........Numbers 24:17 SEED.............................................................................................................................................John 14:6 WISDOM OF GOD....Revelation 3:14 TRUTH....................John 1:1 WORD OF GOD...Isaiah 9:6 WORD...................................Numbers 24:17 STONE................Genesis 3:15 SERVANT.......John 1:9 TRUE WITNESS..........Matthew 8:20 SON OF THE MOST HIGH..............................Luke 1:32 SOURCE....................................................................................1 Cor........................Matthew 1:1 SON OF GOD..John 13:13 TRUE LIGHT...............1Peter 2:25 SHIELD.............................................................Isaiah 55:4 WONDERFUL..................................................Hebrews 5:9 SPIRIT OF GOD.................................1 Peter 2:8 SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.............................................................Revelation 19:13 .......Genesis 15:1 SON OF DAVID.............................................................................               SAVIOR..................................John 15:5       WAY.................Matthew 27:54 SON OF MAN......Luke 2:11 SCEPTER OUT OF ISRAEL.........Genesis 1:2 STAR OUT OF JACOB...................

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