Random thoughts on worship

Today I wasreading in the book of Nehemiah and in Psalms.  Here are some random thoughts.

When they saw him open the book, they all rose to their feet. Nehemiah 8:5

They had found the book (God’s word…what there was of the Bible at that time.) When God’s people saw that the book was going to opened and read they stood to their feet.  I get the picture: it was a sign of reverence and also anticipation.

They read from the Book of the Law of God and clearly explained the meaning of what was being read, helping the people understand each passage. Nehemiah 8:8

God, I pray for our pastor that as he puts the final touches on the sermon for Sunday that what you want him to say becomes clear to him.  Then I pray that as we listen to it we understand its power and application for our lives.

So the people went away to…celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them. Nehemiah 8:12

God, oh that we would celebrate daily because we have heard Your Word. And God give us a desire to be in Your Word each day and give wisdom to understand what You are saying.

 “Stand up and praise the Lord your God, for he lives from everlasting to everlasting! Nehemiah 9:6

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Your procession has come into view, O God – the procession of my God and King as he goes into the sanctuary. Singers are in front, musicians are behind. Psalm 68:24-25

To the worship teams at ClearView: Okay when we get to stage Sunday morning the musicians will be in front of us, but together it will be our job to lead the people to recognize the presence of God.

The custom of having choir directors to lead the choirs in hymns of praise and thanks to God began long ago in the days of David and Asaph. Nehemiah 12:46

Those words are encouraging to me today.