Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! — Psalm 98:4 Charles H. Spurgeon, in The Treasury of David, says: There is no fear of our being too hearty in magnifying the God of our salvation, only we must take care the song comes from the heart, … More A joyful noise: can it be TOO hearty?
Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness, tremble before him, all the earth! Psalm 96:9 Spurgeon, from the Treasury of David: Beauty of architecture and apparel he does not regard; moral and spiritual beauty is that in which his soul delighteth. Worship must not be rendered to God in a slovenly, sinful, superficial manner; … More Spurgeon: A sacred trembling which is quite consistent with joy
And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of … More J. C. Ryle: Don’t leave your hearts at home
Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day: “That the leaders took the lead in Israel, that the people offered themselves willingly, bless the Lord! “Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes; to the Lord I will sing; I will make melody to the Lord, the God of Israel. —Judges 5:1-3 … More Recounting His greatness and responding in praise
Sam Storms, of Enjoying God Ministries, comments in an article, I Will Lift Up My Hands! (Psalm 63:4) So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. On more than one occasion I’ve been asked: “Sam, why do you lift your hands when you worship?” … More Sam Storms: Why wouldn’t you want to raise your hands to worship God?
Psalm 43:3-4 Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. John Piper, in a sermon, … More Authentic joy in God will overflow with praises.
J. Ligon Duncan helped me to read Exodus 27-29, our passage for today, with new appreciation for the detail. Now, the minutiae of this passage may lull a reader into thinking that nothing of great importance is being recorded; or, the minutiae may be so overwhelming to you that it tempts you to resort to … More God takes His worship very seriously