Thought for the Day: Intensity and decibels appear to be the means by which one measures enthusiasm for God. I have participated in some worship services over the years where we rattled the rafters. Often it was a combination of the message and the music. We might have been clapping during the sermon as the energy and response was building, but often the music was the beginning of the corporate answer to the message. I emphasize the word “beginning,” as the closing prayer should never be understood as the closing down of what has been experienced. I remember a General Assembly years ago when the final song was I Am Walking In the Light of God, and we walked and danced and sang our way out of the space and into the night. God is surely pleased with clapping hands and loud songs of joy, but don’t you think God is wanting that to be the genesis of compassionate hands and lasting acts of justice?
Prayer: Let the Living Word, spoken and put to music, inspire me. Lord God, continue to bring joy into my life, a joy that cannot be contained to a single hour or single service of worship. Amen.
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