Christian Praise: Are Our Song Services Too Long?
January 26, 2014
Are Our Song Services Too Long?
Christian Praise is a subject that is very close to my heart and so I was curious this morning when I received a message telling me of a certain website which was asking the question: Who Wants All That Music! He said,
“Here’s my question: Who wants 30-40+ minutes of music in worship? Who? Why? I mean…explain this to me. I seriously do not get it.”
My interest was certainly peeked by this question and the answers that followed. It was so peeked that I almost was late for my own Christian Praise and Worship Service and yes, we had about 30 minutes of Christian Praise and Worship and I loved every moment of it.
In reading the responses from many of the people it was clear to me that most do not understand the purpose of spending 30-40 minutes singing in a church service. They do not realize that this is actually a very short period of time.
The Psalmist David said in Psalm 84:1-4
1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty!
2. My soul yearns, even faints,for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
3. Even the sparrow has found a home,and the swallow a nest for herself,where she may have her young—a place near your altar,O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
4. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.
Then verse 10 says: Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
David loved being in the presence of God. His heart and soul yearns for the courts of the Lord. He says better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.
Why can’t we be like David, why don’t we all yearn for the presence of God? Where is the presence of God? In the praises of His people! Psalm 22:3
What about Zephania 3:17 that says that God rejoices over us with singing.
What about the fact that the Levites were commissioned to praise God on musical instruments…Do you think they did this for 5 minutes and then gave up?Do you think that the Glory of God would come into our presence without our praises?
Do you think that the worship in the temple lasted only 1 hour so that people could get home to make their roasts for Sunday dinner?
God says to keep the Sabbath and that it is Holy unto Him…We work for 8 hours every day, do we complain about spending time in God’s presence for 30-40 minutes?
I really don’t understand how people are complaining about praising God. Maybe I’m missing something here but I think we need more people like David who wished he could spend more and more time in God’s presence singing Praises to God.
Just in case you wish to read the comments that were made then I will give you the link:
(Originally posted last on Sept.29,2009)
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