Updated: Jul 9, 2018
According to Merriam Webster's dictionary, Hallelujah is—used to express praise, joy, or thanks. God leaves me speechless quite a bit, but for some reason I feel like this word carries much more power than any sequence of words I could ever mutter to show God how in aw I am of Him. God gave us this word to be used FOR HIM.
A couple of weeks ago I was standing at church singing worship songs and my heart truly didn't feel in it. The words I was singing were empty, I was reading them straight off the screen and my lips were moving, but my heart surely was not. I knew there was only one way to combat this act of defiance by my flesh, so I prayed. Sure enough...the Holy Spirit filled me up and I started really WORSHIPING my savior.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our "God is a consuming fire."
The Lord desires and definitely deserves our praises. After I prayed, my eyes began to wander to everyone around me. I saw some completely bought in and I saw others reserved and removed from the entire worship. Now please keep in mind these are my own personal thoughts and observations, I don't know what is in a persons heart, but I do know what the Lord desires from us and that is His praise.
Why aren't we shouting for joy and jumping for Jesus and ripping apart our vocal cords to honor our Creator and Savior? I don't quite understand. If your argument is because you don't have a good voice well then I'd argue back that if God wanted you to praise him with an angels voice then...he would have given it to you.
The Lord doesn't care how you "look," and I guarantee you if someone is judging you because of how hard you are praising the Lord well then they have to sweep their own front porch.
Y'all, our Lord sent his only son to die on a cross to die for our terrible, awful, gut wrenching sins and we can't utter to surrender our hearts to Him in praise?
I simply can't find an excuse for anyone. The only thing between our voices and our praise is our heart. Don't let the devil wiggle his way in between the two. When we choose not to praise our Lord, then who are we praising? Who are we letting win?
Prepare your hearts friends. The devil finds pleasure in your silence.
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.