Theme: THE ESSENCE OF WORSHIP
Text: “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” – Psalm 100:1, 2.
Comment: Considering the soul-enlivening nature of music, it is not surprising that it plays a prominent place in worship for, God created man to “shew forth His praise”. (Isaiah 43:21) Participation in theocratic music during worship is most rewarding in that it gives joy to the mind and invokes the spirit of God on the worshipper. The Choir, a group of talented and trained singers, (2 Chronicles 23:13), plays the leading role in this aspect of worship. At the time of the dedication of the temple, a wonderful event occurred as the choir, “arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps” and “with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets” in praise of God, “…that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.” (2 Chronicles 5:12-14) This was evidence of the fact that God Almighty took pleasure in the songs they were singing and accepted their worship, had sanctified the temple dedicated to His worship. We should like King David be constant with this prayer: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14.