2002-07-19 - Madmen For God
I was preparing recently to teach a Sunday School lesson about praising God. One definition of the word "praise" from Strong's Enhanced Lexicon says that the person praising was acting like a madman! That took me aback. I double-checked to be certain I didn't misread, but that's what it said!
I started pondering that.... I thought, "we should praise God like a madman, with abandon!" I am a member of a traditional church. We worship sincerely, but we do much of it silently and reservedly. I am quite fulfilled there and have found my true church family at this church. But I think sometimes it glorifies God when we just "let go." I don't mean something that puts the focus on man and not God, like barking in the aisles or showing off to seem more "spiritual" than others etc. I just mean sincere, Spirit-led praise from the heart.
I also know that can be disruptive in public and can actually interefere with the worship of other, more private worshippers. So much of this "madman" behavior can be lived out at home.
I have one friend who dances around praising God as she cleans her house. I have another friend who sings along exuberantly to contemporary Christian songs, as he drives around in his truck. He happens to be gifted in singing, but it wouldn't matter if he "couldn't carry a tune in a bucket!" The important thing is that it's from the heart and it glorifies God.
We can also be more creative in the music we use in our church worship services. There are a time and place for all kinds of instruments in church. The Psalms encourage uninhibited praise and a variety of instruments.
Psa. 150:3-5 (NASB) Praise Him with trumpet sound. Paise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and dancing. Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. Praise Him with loud cymbals. Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Trumpets, harps, timbrels, pipes, cymbals - we aren't limited to pianos or organs, are we! (Though I love them both and enjoy playing the piano, myself!)
And check out the celebratory words - dancing, loud, resounding. Not exactly reserved worship, is it?!
God intends for us to put our hearts into praising Him. I challenge you - along with myself - to be more of a "madman" (or "madwoman!") for God this week!