Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 24:1-26:19 / 1 Corinthians 3:1-23 / Psalm 92:1-15
When I was 8 years old my parents signed me up for piano lessons. I enjoyed playing but I didn’t enjoy practicing. I took lessons until I was 12 years old, when we moved to Indiana. We didn’t have a piano so I didn’t play regularly but my love for piano and music didn’t stop. I would play the church piano after services and had some older teens teach me how to play by chords or “boom chuck”.
I would go to the church during the week to practice and began playing the piano for church services when I was 16. I haven’t stopped playing since then and music is an important part of my life. It is said that, “Music is the heart of our soul.” I tend to believe that because nothing expresses my heart for God better than sitting down at the piano and simply playing what my heart is feeling. I pour my heart out to God but also find myself caught up in praise and deep worship. It’s not about notes on a page but music in my heart. It’s not about a performance of perfection but a wonderful practice of praise…now I love to practice!
David said, “It is good to praise the Lord, and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.” (Psalm 92:1,2) David was a musician and often worshipped God on his harp. The Psalms is David’s hymnbook of Praise and Worship. Many of the songs we sing today have their roots in David’s Psalms.
Never underestimate the power of praise and worship. David’s harp dispelled evil spirits and brought peace to Saul’s troubled soul. Not only does heaven respond to the praises and worship of God’s people, hell reacts too. David said, “It is Good!” When our eyes are opened to the glory, love and faithfulness of God, it is not difficult to lift our voices, hearts, hands and talents to God.
Praise and worship is not something that we just do in a Sunday service but a daily expression of our heart. If God is not a part of your daily life, praise will be absent and worship will be void. We have a tendency to allow life to dictate and regulate our focus. Our hearts are so cluttered with problems, challenges and busyness that God is squeezed out of our thoughts and schedules. Don’t leave God out of your day, His love out of your morning or His faithfulness out of your night. Take time to make music to His glorious name…it is a good thing! Let The Music Begin!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!