Great Plains Daily Devotional for 10/21/2019

Today please be in prayer for

DeWitt UMC
Plymouth Peace UMC
Swanton UMC
Blue River District
Denton UMC-NE
Pleasant Dale UMC
Blue River District
Burr UMC
Douglas UMC-NE
Blue River District
Alvo UMC
Eagle UMC
Blue River District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty firmament![a]
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
    praise him according to his surpassing greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
    praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
    praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with clanging cymbals;
    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Today's Devotional

There’s an idea, probably present in a lot of our congregations, that our worship services should be austere and worshippers should be reserved in their behavior. Our gatherings should be sober affairs out of reverence for God. 

What we find in the scriptures, however, is a totally different idea of what reverence is. For David, to revere God was to give himself to worship with complete abandon; singing, dancing and celebrating wildly, for all to see.

A trend popping up in a lot of modern church buildings is a dark, isolating atmosphere in sanctuaries worship spaces. A lot of worship gatherings look like they could be inside a concert venue or a movie theater. One of the ideas behind this is it helps congregants focus only on worshipping God and not on those around them. 

But we should be aware of those around us. When we gather to worship, it is to worship as a community. You should be able to see your neighbor. You should see their joy and be moved to rejoice. When they dance, you should feel liberated to dance. When they mourn, you should see their grief. You should see when they need someone to put their arm around their shoulder, so that arm can be yours.

Our worship times should absolutely be reverent, but that reverence should drive us to worship God with total abandon, no matter who can see. How we worship God is a reflection on who we believe God is and what we believe God has done, is doing, and will do in our lives. How we worship God is part of our testimony. The lives of others can be forever changed just by being witness to truly reverent worship.

I wrote about this in the praise and worship song “Come On, Let’s Celebrate!” You can listen to it at:

Prayer for Reflection

Gracious God, thank you for the joy that comes with praising You. Help us to make these times of reverence the celebration that you intend them to be. Amen.


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