There are some things that demand a response. Like when your favorite team hits a buzzer beater to win a big game, you don’t just stand and yawn, you jump up and down and hug the closest person to you (or at least I do)!
Or when you finally pull the trigger on that buck you have been hunting for the past two years, your whole body begins to shake as you experience “buck fever.” Or when that person you have had a crush on for longer than you can remember finally expresses interest back, your heart doesn’t stay neutral, it jumps out of your chest!
These are all things that cause us to react and respond, and it would be impossible to imagine not responding in these moments.
In chapter 15 of Exodus, we learn that God’s great salvation produces a response of worship from those who He saves. It just does. In fact, you could say God’s great salvation even demands it.
Just notice Israel’s reaction after God delivers them through the Red Sea, while at the same time crushing Pharaoh and his army in that same sea.
“Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is his name.” (Exodus 15:1-3)
After God’s epic rescue, the only logical response for Israel was to lift up their voices and worship the God who had just saved them. It was the salvation of the Lord and the glory of His name and might that stirred their hearts and moved their lips. They had just beheld His glory, and in response, they gave Him glory back through worship.
Indeed, the same is true for us today. In light of the glory of our salvation through Jesus Christ, we should be people who get so caught up in His glory that as we gather as God’s people every week our most natural response is to lift our hand and voices and praise His great name.
So the next time you are mumbling words on a screen in a crowd of people who are doing the same, you need to stop and think about you are doing. You need to remind yourself that corporate worship is not a time to stand and stare, but a time to sing and declare what the Lord has done in your life. Just like in Exodus 15, corporate worship is a time to make much of God, telling of His greatness to both God and those standing around you.
So if you have been redeemed by Jesus, then for heaven’s sake, sing to Jesus. Don’t mumble so your neighbor doesn’t hear you, but worship with passion and volume that shakes this earthly kingdom to its core as you sing of its coming destruction and the glory of the one to replace it.
Here is the truth; if you have really been rescued by God, the only logical response is to worship Him with all your heart, soul, and strength. Does that describe the way you worship God? If not, maybe you should stop and ponder the reason you are singing in the first place.