Psalm 33:3 (KJV) Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.
Some years ago, a friend of mine who visited my church was completely mystified by the music. My friend’s experience of church music was more along the lines of boring, the leader was more of a performer that the “audience” politely listened too and the entire concept of music in the church was just tradition – it had no relevance.
But my friend also found an energy at my church that couldn’t be defined, an excitement that seemed to resonate as much as the amplifiers, joy in the faces of the people and a definite sense of celebration. And why not? Our experience of excitement that God has rescued us from a pointless life and offered us eternal validation and meaning is something to get excited about. We cheer for a football team that may win today and lose tomorrow – how much more should we cheer for our God, who holds all of eternity in the palm of His hand? The truth is we need to sing louder about our hope in God and our love for Him than any rock band on any stage and shout with as much joy as any Super Bowl crowd whenever we get the chance.