2 Samuel 6:2 – “And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the Name, the LORD of Hosts, who dwells between the cherubim.” NKJV
As stated in the last devotional post I want to discuss ways in which we can Worship and Praise our God the LORD of Hosts.
SINGING – – I believe the Bible teaches that singing produces a Power of God used to crush the spiritual enemies of our souls. As we sing we are instructed to use psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in our hearts. In the Hebrew ‘sacrifices of joy’ is used to describe the ‘war cry’ of soldiers preparing for battle. It was a ‘shout of confidence’ borne out of the belief that the battle was already won. In 2 Chronicles 13:14-16 in the battle between Judah and Israel we read, “as the men of Judah SHOUTED, it came to pass.” In Psalm 149:6-9 there are two weapons identified that God uses to destroy the enemy: A two-edged sword and high praises.
LIFTING THE HANDS – – This was done routinely in worship and was practiced in battle as is witnessed in Exodus 17:9-11 in the war against the Amalekites (type of the flesh) when Moses lifted his hands Joshua prevailed but when he lowered them the enemy prevailed so Aaron and Hur held up the hands of Moses until Israel prevailed. If you understand this as an act of worship not a ritual then it has meaning, purpose and power.
CLAPPING THE HANDS – – This was an expression celebrating the victory God had given over the enemy as seen in Psalm 47:1. It was done to ‘honor God’ and is a ‘hissing’ or ‘mocking’ of the enemy. Again if it is understood as an act of worship not a ritual it has significance and power.
STANDING BEFORE GOD – – The only position not mentioned in the Psalms with reference to worship is sitting. I am not saying you cannot worship sitting but referencing that there is reason and purpose in standing united before God worshipping and praising Him.
DANCING – – In Exodus 15:20 we find Miriam leading the entire nation in a dance before the Lord. In Psalm 149:3; 150:4 there is the command for God’s people to praise Him in the dance. We find that David danced before the Lord with all His might. While some might find that less than dignified or proper as did David’s wife, God found it pleasing and blessed it. If it is truly worship not form or show it has purpose, meaning, and power!
We find in Psalm 110 the visual of God crushing His enemies under His feet and in Romans 16:20 we learn that ‘the God of Peace will crush the devil under our feet…”
SHOUTING – – Now I’m in trouble with some but it is in the Bible and has purpose and place.
In true worship there is an atmosphere for miracles and we are told that God ‘inhabits’ the praises of His people. Praise moves us into His presence and His presences, produces the supply of our needs. There is power in worship both to uplift us into His presence and to combat the enemy of our soul.
May God be with you as you go through this day!