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November 29, 2020 7:00 am
If we are not eager to praise God, if there are times in our lives when we want to make a loud and joyful noise to him without reservation. It could be that we really don't know him as well as we think we do to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Bortz preparing you to think and act biblically. The soldier ends with a call for everyone, everywhere at all times, and by all means to praise the Lord. We are not to hold back or to offer worship. That's quiet and weak. Join Dr. Boyce as he brings our study of the Psalms to a close with the call of Psalm 152 praise our God, and to praise him loudly wave, a blast of Psalm 150 very final Psalm and it's time to make noise real loud noise all worship should be noisy. Of course I'm sure you're aware of lated were to be guided by this almost alone. We know that not all of our worship should be lonely. Some of the Psalms or Psalms of lament. They call for as part rending sorrow by God's people. Other Psalms call for quiet reflection on the character of God, the acts of God in history. All of which are great but there is also time for joyful celebration when David brought the ark up to Jerusalem to the place that he prepared for the arrival of the ark was announced by trumpets and David accompanied the procession by exuberant dancing. When the walls were finally rebuilt in the days of Nehemiah and they had a great celebration of dedication they got all of the trumpeters and other instrumentalists.
Together they had two great choirs like proceeded all around the walls of the city. Finally meeting at the temple and having a great joyous loud worship service in the singing was so loud and triumphant that were told on the MIR that it could be heard outside the walls of the city for many miles around CS Lewis talks in one place in his reflection on the Psalms about what he calls the exuberant quality of Jewish worship because in an appetite for God.
He said love of God isn't strong enough something even more exuberant. The math in Jewish worship when them in the paragraph that I referred to earlier way back at that beginning of the studies years ago he wrote this is worship has all the cheerful spontaneity of a natural, even of physical desire is gay and shockingly are glad and rejoice their fingers itch for the heart. The looped and the part wake up Luke and apartments a song bring a tambourine bring them Mary Hart with the louver going to sing merrily and make the cheerful noise boys. You may well say mere music is not enough that everyone even the Bud Light and Gentiles clap their hands. Let's have clashing cymbals not only well tuned but loud and dances to so what I want to say is let's be done with worship that is always quite happened week I traveled around and services in churches.
I wonder if they know God at all because the services are so tall, so gloomy.
Everybody seems so unhappy. You would think that they were always having funerals that I come to a service like this. I find the people of God who know God rejoicing to praise him as the great God. He really is. If you are not anxious to praise God, if there are not times in your life when you want to make a loud noise to God. Perhaps God you don't really know God at all.
You do know God well I will now someone 50 is the last of these final Psalms. Let me just put in context, it's the obvious climax of the collection as well. As of the last five praise songs look at it this way. Psalm 146 is a Psalm in which an individual Israelite praises God for his grace and power and faithfulness to the needy. Psalm 147 is a Psalm in which the inhabitants of Jerusalem are urged to praise God for their regathering, blessing and security in the years following their exile Psalm 148 all creatures in heaven and on earth are told to praise God as their Creator and as the Redeemer of his people Israel. Psalm hundred and 49.
The saints are invited to praise God, since they have been saved from their enemies, and because I look forward to the blessings of the final judgment and I would last and Psalm hundred and 50 every creature that has breath is exhorted to praise God everywhere. And with every means available and do it loudly. Psalms is praise the Lord three times.
It says, praise God. Once in his eyes praise him nine times more even more striking in the Hebrew greatest number of words occurring between two of the 13 hallelujahs in the Psalm is for not only occurs once in most cases, only two words occur between what we are told 13 times over is praise the Lord I been referring to the Lutheran commentator who pulled many times in the study because it is one of the best and he writes of these last Psalms. The note of praise swells out more and more strongly toward the close of the book. Finally, to break out in this great crescendo which is full toned and jubilant. Here's what I Sandra McLaren writes things even more than this, he says, Psalm is more than an artistic close to the Psalter. It's a prophecy of the last result of the devout life courses where the Psalter begins and in its unclouded sunning us as well as in its universality. It proclaims the certain end the weary years for the individual and for the world. Everything that breath shall yet praise Jehovah.
Now let's look at the Psalm first question we have is where should this be done where should everything that has breath praise God.
Well, the first verse gives us a comprehensive answer to that question.
It says in his sanctuary and in his mighty heavens, now words literally say in his mighty firmament. In other words, what we're being told to do is praise God everywhere.
The Angels are doing it.
There are people of God to do it here now we don't have a literal earthly sanctuary here.
No church building is a real sanctuary in the holy about the building Church of God, the people of God in the sanctuary of God in our time. We do have flat we have the people of God, and we do have our bodies which the New Testament calls temples of the living God.
And so we are to praise God with our bodies and every way we can everywhere we go, the Angels are praising God everywhere they go.
That's their chief occupation and where to imitate them or to do the same. Princess Abigail was touching on this in one of his him when he wrote about a century ago.
These words Lord now lead us not. I know service such as I can bring.
I long to prove and show full allegiance to Viking doll in honor art to me.
Let me be praise the now just as in his sanctuary and in his mighty heavens means that God is praised everywhere, so the phrases in verse two. Embrace everything for which God should be praised.
Start out asking where should God be praised. Now we ask why should God be praised. Here's the answer.
It's God's acts of power and his passing greatness now's acts of power refer primarily to his works in creation and redemption understand what that's about because many of the Psalms focus on that. We studied it again and again God surpassing greatness refers to God's attributes and many of the Psalms talk about that. We studied it again and again. Things like sovereignty, holiness, omniscience, immutability, love, grace, goodness, compassion, justice, truth and wisdom God is to be praised, both who he is and for what he is God.
That's what all the Psalms been teaching all along. Of course there encouraging us to get to know God so we can really praise him. So we come to the very end of the obvious question to ask is this, do you know God, you come to know God through a study of the Bible so when you come to church. You could really praise him because you have some understanding of his character and his deeds. Only the people who nobody can praise him, the people know God really do not want marvelous flow of thought.
Psalm has after telling us where to praise God in verse one, reminding us why we should praise him.
In verse two the next three verses exactly half of the Psalm tell us how God should be praise and the answer is with everything you've got. We don't know all the instruments the ancient Jews had we don't even know if this list is meant to be comprehensive, but it is a pretty broad estimate suggesting that anything you have can be used, to worship God, and you should use it is interesting to think about these instruments a little bit. The trumpet is mentioned there is actually the shofar of the ram's horn and it makes a tremendous noise carries a long, long way. That's why when they praise God in Jerusalem and the alliance they they could hear it outside the walls tambourines are generally linked to dancing verse four. That's the way their describe because they were used largely by the women when they danced. Verse five mentions two kinds of symbols words are not merely a repetition where the first is referring to a little instrument, perhaps like castanets second was larger, hence it's translated a resounding symbol. We probably say a crashing symbol and we have those these instruments embrace all branches of musical instrument you got wind instruments, stringed instruments and percussion.
Now here we really have to deal with her controversy was little pity you always have to deal with controversies, but there is an obvious one. We need to do it. We also have to offer some cautions controversy has to do with people who think that it's wrong to use any instruments in worship or use any songs other than Psalms and with those who, on the other side would use anything at all. Now treat that issue.
First of all those who forbid the use of instruments and worship. These are people who exclude the use of instruments on the grounds that the Bible doesn't authorized they say and we have to stick strictly to what the Bible prescribes is a word for this approach is called the regular to principle and in itself. It's a very good one. It simply means that God is not to be worshiped and absolutely any way at all, but rather as the describes himself as needing to be worshiped now. The problem then is not with the principal, but the way it's applied or I would say the way things are read into it in some parts of the church. This is understood to mean that only Psalms may be song because we have Psalms in the Bible that we don't have him release our hymns hymns and choruses are thought to be human compositions only, which means that they should be rigorously excluded other parts of the church. Sometimes overlapping with the first instruments are excluded from worship services and for the same reasons as pointed out that instruments were used in the early church. Although I'm not sure we can really know that Christians apparently just saying Psalms together much we say to this one thing you have to say is that this is matter. That certainly should not divide Christian comes in the same category as the things that the apostle Paul writes about in Romans 14 where he says each one should be fully convinced in his own mind and little bit later that same chapter. Let's make every effort to do what leads to peace in the mutual edification the way it should be handled.
When we asked the question why do most Christians use instruments in worship and why do we sing compositions in addition to the saw. Well, as far as exclusive somebody is concerned. I've already suggested defense of additional compositions by what I said last time about singing a new song studying Psalm 149 ice. It is always appropriate to sing new songs when these are based on experiences of God's grace, like I'm not saying that any music is worship music secular songs of worship.
But if we've learned something about the character and grace of God is certainly not wrong this thing about it using new songs and even new music even contemporary music.
I pointed out that the owner sing a new song in Revelation, which implied nine same ideas there in the 14th chapter verse three and perhaps in defense of what we do is even possible to refer to what Paul says in Ephesians, he writes in the fifth chapter speak to one another was Psalms hymns and spiritual songs to sing and make music in your heart to the Lord always getting thanks to God the father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. But what about instruments. The other matter. Certainly, Psalm 150 alone should have a definitive bearing on the question. I know the argument on the other side shared with you.
Goes like this in the temple worship in Israel musical instruments were used only when the sacrifices were being offered today. Since the sacrifices of Israel of been abolished by the completed sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, the music associated with the ancient sacrifices should be abolished to well that's the argument, but it seems to me as special and I would say unpersuasive reasoning. I asked the question where instruments really only used when the sacrifices were offered. How could we possibly know that than David worship God playing on his part singing. Presumably some of the Psalms that he composed about this moment. It tells us to praise God with a variety of instruments and is is nothing at all about sacrifice and what about the worship of God in heaven according to Revelation their harps in heaven and trumpets and the singing words read the book of Revelation that are not mere repetitions of Psalms. How can we deny Psalm 150 endorses the use of new songs and worship melamine to the other side of it. There are those who would employ everything in worship. And here's what I have to offer some cautions, especially along the pragmatic line. Not all music does the right things. Most people give an extreme example bump and grind music would hardly be appropriate and suggest a burlesque show, rather than the worship of God, hard rock, suggest a nightclub or disco setting for most people that's hardly appropriate and worship under certain circumstances.
I kind of music euros but doesn't do what it ought to do in our time and different. By the same reasoning for some people in some places of the world.
Instrumental orchestral instruments suggest the orchestra of the concert hall, which to their way of thinking is a secular thing and so for people like that. You wouldn't want to use the kind of instruments we do. The other important matters how the instruments are used and for what purpose are they affected our thoughts to God that what worship is about.
After all, our they focus our thoughts on the one that was playing them instead. We suggested one major of whether they contribute to worship or direct our thoughts to the performer instead is whether the congregation applauds when the music is finished will applaud the chances are they are really applauding and thinking about the performer. Rather than thinking about God. I wouldn't say it's 100% true in every situation, but most of the time. This is one reason the use of instruments is best linked to singing because instruments improve our singing and they enhance and carry forward emotionally. The thoughts that we express. It's hard to think of a congregation applauding itself for singing a hymn at the end particular part in the service. The applause and admiration of others can quickly become an intoxicating drug that Mars those who want to stand up and sing, worship and music has to begin and end with hallelujah with praise the Lord and for that reason it's not the professionalism of the performance. The counselor was right to do our best. It's not the genius of the composition of the profundity of the words that matter.
Because that was the case. He says the tambourine player would be a bit limited would me know he said it's the intended audience that counts in the audience is God is the one whom we are intending to see glorified and what we are doing the determines whether the music is real music and praise of God or not the final answer.
Psalm 150 gives to the questions you and I might want to ask about worship is the tell us who should praise God in this answer is as comprehensive as those that have been given to the other questions was the first question was, where should we praise God. And the answer is everywhere in heaven and on earth. Second question is why should we praise God. And the answer is because of everything God is in everything God is done. The third question is, how should we praise God. And the answer is with everything you've got is the final question who should praise God. And the answer is every body. Psalmist says everything that has breath praise the Lord. Now that's exactly what's going to happen. According to the Bible.
At the moment moment in history in which we live. God is insulted and blasphemed. Denied and ignored by the vast majority of the people that live on the surface of the planet. We see Christ rejected one. They were told every knee will bow and every tongue confess Jesus is Lord of the glory of God the father as far as the saints are concerned, what we read about in Revelation is this John says I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and all that is in the sea, and in them, singing to him and sits upon the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory for ever and ever.
Amen. What a great choir. What a great song on the grades privilege and it will be ours replaced our faith in Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who is indeed take away the sin of those who trust him.
We come to the Psalm hundred and 50 tells us to praise the Lord thing to do is to go back to the beginning Psalm one talks about the blessedness of the one who comes to know the Lord as they are.
She studies the Bible. Blessed is the man who does not walk in the way of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat but his delight is in the law of the Lord and in his law he meditates day and night. You know you can't praise God without doing that because the praise of God. The worship of God is acknowledging and glorifying God for who he is and I should know who is can't praise him and the only way you never know who is by studying the Bible you want to praise and you got to go back and do what someone says works the other way to begin. Psalm one and study the Bible and find out who God is, you end up always praising so the Psalm ends by saying let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
It says, praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Father, we thank you for your word, in which we by your grace work of your Holy Spirit in interpreting the words of the text to our hearts, to know you. Thank you for the great privilege all the privileges that we have is your creature life in Branson. How enjoy all of the things that make up our life every good gift that comes from you the greatest of all is we might know you as our Lord said this is eternal life, that they might know you and Jesus Christ whom you have sent our father if we do know you should've enabled us to know you want to praise you, praise you with all our heart, amen and amen listening to the Bible study hours between the teaching of Dr. James boy, of all the issues that tend to divide the church worship is high on the list. Some fight to maintain a liturgical style while others believe worship must be contemporary to attract the masses, what is God's word had to say about the subject. Find out in our free CD offer entitled giving praise to God by teacher and author Phil Rieke.
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