Who loves attending praise and worship concerts led by Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe, Passion Band, Casting Crowns, or the Gettys? I certainly do. Whenever I attend any praise and worship concerts, I really end up experiencing God and worshiping Him with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. It’s always a blessing to worship with other believers from different churches.
When it comes to praise and worship in the Old Testament, the most famous worshiper and worship leader was definitely King David. He was a musician-composer, and he organized large groups of praise teams and choirs. In fact, even though he didn’t build the temple, he prepared the materials for it. During his second attempt to return the ark of the covenant, he “told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their relatives as singers and to have them raise their voices with joy accompanied by musical instruments—harps, lyres, and cymbals” (1 Chronicles 15:16, HCSB), and they made “Chenaniah, the leader of the Levites in music” and “to direct the music because he was skillful” (15:22).
All the Israelites praised and worshiped God. According to Donald Hustad,
The worship experience was highly sensory—appealing to the eye (visible symbols—the altar, laver, candlestick, vestments, etc.), the ear (the accompanying music performed by priests, the nose (the smell of incense and of burning animal flesh), and even the tongue (the taste of meal which was part of the peace offering).
Donald Hustad, Jubilate II, (Carol Stream: Hope Publishing, 1993), 133.
It was definitely a celebration. They even sang David’s psalm of thanksgiving, which was led by Asaph and his relatives. It states in 1 Chron. 16:8-11 (HCSB):
Give thanks to Yahweh; call on His name; proclaim His deeds among the peoples.
9 Sing to Him; sing praise to Him; tell about all His wonderful works!
10 Honor His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek Yahweh rejoice.
11 Search for the Lord and for His strength; seek His face always.
The worship of the Israelites at that time was definitely an awesome sight! David did all of this because of two truths—God was with them wherever they went and the ark represented the holiness of God.
Although our praise and worship is not exactly the same as the ones in the Old Testament, it is still definitely wonderful to worship the triune God—Father, Son, and Spirit— corporately with believers in concerts and even in our weekend church services. We also worship God during our quiet times with Him by giving thanks to Him, by proclaiming His name, by singing to Him, and by seeking Him. God is with us, and He is still holy.
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