Sometimes when I am sitting in church it is all I can do to keep quiet. I want to holler, “YAY GOD! You are so AWESOME! And then to my fellow Christians,”Hey guys, we are singing about GOD! You know, the One who is perfect and holy. The One who made the whole universe. Who made all the galaxies that we can’t even see from this little planet that He also made. The One who designed those dogwoods and azaleas, who wrote the bird’s songs. The person who charged the clouds with lightening, and created the giraffe, the ostrich, the platypus and me!”
Most of my adult life I have been a Presbyterian with short interludes into being a Baptist. I love worshiping with these generally calm folks and I am touched deeply by quiet, respectful worship. I would never do anything to disrupt that way of honoring God. But just once in a while shouldn’t we just rear back and let it go? I can’t think of anything else, in all the world, that is so exciting as our amazing God!
Scripture backs me up on this y’all.
“Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King, over all the earth!” —Psalm 47:1-2
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music…Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together with joy… —Psalm 98:8
and more: Psalm 66:1, Psalm 95:1, Psalm 100:1, Isaiah 12:6, Isaiah 54:1 …
So today if you hear some hooting and hollering going on in Upstate South Carolina, don’t worry, it’s probably me. God is awesome! magnificiant! amazing! and I don’t think I can contain that in my little heart anymore!
“You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy!” —Isaiah 26:19