Day 14 – Exuberant Praise
On: November 14, 2014   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“In a loud voice Elizabeth exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!  But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!'” [Luke 1:42-45]

Elizabeth’s response to Mary’s presence, and that of the Holy Spirit, is not a measured “How pleasant. Would you like some tea!” No, no – with a loud voice (remember, this is an old lady) she poured out her joy. As, next up, does Mary. If, for a moment, I may address myself to the suburban English (of which I am one). Stiff upper lips are quite out of place when responding to God’s presence and evidence of His work in lives around us. At a theatre, we clap and cheer. At a football match, the crowd roars. At a party, the noise is deafening.

Why, O why, then,  are we so often like mice when we worship God. I realise, for some, it would scare the life out of them to go for it big time, and we must respect our different personalities. But, if God is worthy of our praise, He should be offered at least the level of commitment and “noise” we’d utter elsewhere. Don’t get me wrong. I love times of silence before God, and God deserves our quietest, most respectful hush when that is in order. But He must also crave our most exuberant and passionate praise as well. So … how about it? As you sing along next Sunday morning, will you turn up the volume and lift that hand? Why not give it a whirl?

Prayer:

Father God, sorry for when I allow cultural reserve to dampen my praise. Smile on me anew and nudge me to lift my voice and hands as well as my heart in worship … so that all may see my love for You. To Your glory, Amen.

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!

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