With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord;
in the great throng of worshipers I will praise him.
31 For he stands at the right hand of the needy,
to save their lives from those who would condemn them. Psalm 109:30-31
In a lot of churches I’ve attended, there seems to be a lack of enthusiasm in praise. We go through the motions of singing and worship but the “oomph” seems to have disappeared. Perhaps it’s the church circles I run in. Maybe there are other reasons.
Take these verses for example, what does it mean to ‘greatly extol the Lord?’‘
Does it mean shouting?
Does it mean going wild in worship?
What would it look like if we practiced what we sang?
I recall many years ago attending a church where the people shouted when the words of the song were “Shout to the Lord All the Earth.” I remember being taken aback with those actions but was also refreshed because we were actually doing what we were singing.
Absolutely God meets us where we are when we worship. That can be quiet or it can be loud.
I suppose it would shock many in the congregation to be demonstrably vocal about some of the things we sing, but it also might encourage others who have similar thoughts about worship.