“Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.” –Psalm 150:5
The final preposition used in Psalm 150 is found in verse five, “Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.” Here we discover the reality of worship.
Notice that the psalmist admonishes the reader to worship while in the act of worship. That may sound a little redundant but I think the idea is clear. It is possible to worship “with” the instruments but not worship “upon” the instruments. You could say it like this: In the act of worship be cautious that your worship is not just an act.
You can be in the right place, with the right people, engaging in the right practices and still not have your heart in tune with the Lord. It is possible to go through the motions of praise and not actually worship in spirit and truth. Authentic worship comes from the heart, it comes while “upon” the instruments. You cannot substitute the playing of instruments with the act of worship; the instruments we use are merely resources to help glorify God.
Worship is more than a song you sing, an instrument you play, a prayer you pray, or a sermon you hear. Worship is heart business, and such business takes place while upon the cymbals, not just with them. Anyone can make noise in the temple, but true worship is about making glory in the inner sanctuary of your heart.
Daily Reading: Jeremiah 12-14
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