Justin Tucker

LHC Worship Pastor

Psalm 98:4-6

“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King.”

Worship is a remarkable gift from God that has the power to transform our hearts and bring us immeasurable joy. In these verses, the psalmist invites us to join in  praise, to rejoice and make music before the LORD, the King.

When we engage in worship, we are not just going through the motions or fulfilling a religious duty. Instead, we enter into a divine encounter with the One who created us, sustains us, and loves us unconditionally. Through worship, we have the privilege of drawing near to God and experiencing His presence in a profound way.

The psalmist encourages us to “shout for joy” and “burst into jubilant song.” Worship is not meant to be restrained or half-hearted; it is a celebration of our relationship with the Almighty. It is an outpouring of gratitude and adoration for who God is and what He has done for us.

As we lift our voices in praise, playing instruments and singing melodies, we are reminded of the beauty and diversity of worship. The psalmist mentions the harp, trumpets, and the blast of the ram’s horn, symbolizing the wide range of expressions through which we can honor and glorify God. Whether it is through our voices, musical instruments, or other creative forms, all are valuable and welcomed in our worship.

Through worship, we find joy that surpasses our circumstances. It is a joy that springs forth from a deep connection with our Creator, a joy that transcends earthly worries and fills our hearts with peace. In the presence of God, our burdens are lifted, and we are filled with a renewed sense of purpose and hope.

Let us approach worship with a heart full of expectancy, ready to encounter the living God. Let us come before Him with gratitude and enthusiasm, offering our voices, our instruments, and our very lives as an offering of worship. May our songs and praises resonate with joy, touching the heavens and transforming our own spirits.

In the moments of worship, let us set aside the worries and distractions of the world and focus our hearts on God alone. May we embrace the joy that comes from dwelling in His presence and magnifying His name. As we do so, we will find that worship becomes a source of strength, inspiration, and joy that sustains us throughout our lives.

Today, let your worship be an expression of heartfelt joy. Rejoice in the presence of the King, for He is worthy of all praise and adoration. Allow the joy of worship to permeate every area of your life, and may it become a beacon of hope and encouragement to those around you.