1 Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
It is Monday after Easter Sunday and I am reflecting back on our worship time together. The sound of our worship team together with our guest musicians lingers in my mind and I am reminded in Psalm 150 that the people of God are always called upon to Praise the Lord—and with music. The Psalmist mentions instruments by name: Trumpet, hard, lyre, tambourine, strings, flute, cymbals (even “loud crashing cymbals”). Yesterday we had multiple instruments all of which came together under the excellent direction of our own Matt Dewar to bring a sacrifice of praise to our God. Thanks to all who participated!
As one who started out as a music major in college I have often thought of music as a marvelous metaphor for the church. Paul reminds us in Ephesians 4 that within the church each of us is gifted for the work of ministry. You are not part of Hope by accident; you were specifically called to our fellowship to both be encouraged and to encourage; to be fed and to feed others.
As the worship team began their rehearsal yesterday I was struck with the beauty of differences. Any one of the instruments, by itself could not create the effulgent sound that emanated from all of the instruments together. As the music swelled it was not the individual parts that we heard; it was their interrelationship with each other that produced the sound.
Dear ones, it is our relationship with the Triune God AND our relationships with one another that bring the music of heaven to a seemingly tone-deaf world. Let’s continue the music of Easter as the people of God.
With deep affection,