AWE in Worship: Celebration II - Shout It Out Loud

Psalm 47:1 ESV - Clap your hands, all peoples!  Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

AWE:  An overwhelming feeling of reverential respect or admiration mixed with fear or wonder.

Worship:  Giving God the recognition He deserves.

Psalm 98:4-5 ESV - Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! 5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!

Psalm 134:2 NIV - Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.

Are most people comfortable or uncomfortable with Biblical expressions of worship such as clapping hands, raising hands, shouting to God, and loud musical “noise”?  Do you think most people prefer these exuberant expressions in non-church settings, and if so - why?

Colossians 3:15-16 NIV - Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

One of the main features of music is the concept of harmony.  To harmonize requires uniting to contribute to something bigger than yourself.  Peace and unity in God’s church leads to greater harmony in worship, contributing to a true sense of holy awe.  With whom are you singing praise to God in church but with whom you are not personally in harmony?  How does being in disharmony with others impact your ability to worship, including in song?  Given the emotional, mental, and spiritual importance/influence of music, what songs do you sing or listen to that are not in harmony with your true identity as a follower of Christ?

Psalm 150 ESV - Praise the Lord!  Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!     2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! 3 Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!  4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! 5 Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!  6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord! (Hebrew: Hallelujah)

In view of Scripture, shouldn’t some aspects of Biblical worship always include the exuberant, the loud, the expressive, the emotional, the instrumental, and the vocal?  (This is not to indicate that silent worship or solemn reverence is not also Biblical)

Luke 19:37-40 NIV - When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”