We meant to have a music practice. Music practice is a weekly event. We work on new songs, sort out the music, joke and have fun in between. Just a relaxed fellowship with each other.
Last night was different. Very different.
My husband has a small video clip of Louis Giglio speaking on Psalm 148. For some reason last night, he decided that the team should see the clip before we start practice. Let me quote Psalm 148 for you.
Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.
Let them praise the name of the Lord , for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever— he issued a decree that will never pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children.
Let them praise the name of the Lord , for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
And he has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his faithful servants, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the Lord. (Psalm 148:1-14 NIV)
In this teaching, Louis Giglio speaks about the sounds of nature that combines into a symphony of praise. A symphony always busy praising the name of the Lord. He mixes up sounds recorded by radio telescopes of different stars far, far away from earth, together with the songs of the whales and somehow, the song ‘How great is our God’ fits perfectly with the sounds of nature. It is amazing to hear.
All of us became so aware of the greatness of God that we could not do anything else but worship Him. It wasn’t a worship practice, it was worship. Pure heart felt worship. And it made me realise once again, that God doesn’t need our worship. We don’t worship because God needs it, we worship because we need it.
When we become aware of God’s greatness, His wisdom that we cannot fathom, His love that we cannot understand, His majesty and His holiness, we realise how small we really are and how much we really need Him. Then we worship with reverence, with admiration, with adoration, with love, with selflessness. Then we worship from the heart without giving two hoots about other people. That is worship. That is what we need to do more often. We NEED it. It brings time in the presence of God where we are changed and refreshed.
Ae you tired? Are you depressed? Are you run-down?
Read Psalm 148 again and realise how small you are and how big God is. Then worship Him. You don’t HAVE to, you NEED to.