Pure Praise Revamped : “Everybody Clap Your Hands!”
Pure Praise Week Two – Day 5 : “Everybody Clap Your Hands!”
Recently, I worshiped in Atlanta, Georgia with family and new friends at the Salvation Army Worship Center at the Salvation Army Headquarters. My wife, kids, and I were there to support her Uncle who was retiring as a Major in the Salvation Army after more than forty years. My home church is fairly progressive…which I think translates to “we totally rock some praises with a U2 style to it.” Genuine as it is…it still isn’t your typical traditional worship service.
I needed to be worshiping on this particular Sunday, however, with the Salvation Army – not for any particular doctrine or sermon…but for the change of music pace. There we were, singing old hymns with one of the best brass bands the Salvation Army has to offer…and everyone started clapping in a very military rhythmic fashion. For a moment…it was humorous. It was a far-cry from what I was accustomed to. I was quickly humbled by recalling a verse from Psalms.
Oh clap your hands, all ye peoples; Shout unto God with the voice of triumph. (Psalm 47:1)
Notice that it says “clap your hands all ye peoples”. I did some research and found that the Hebrew translation of “all” means….well…all.
As of late, I have been doing a lot of thinking about worship styles – even as far as worship on a global scale. What we do in the United States may not be the same as what is done in the most remote regions of Africa. Our worship styles are different…but the way we use our bodies and abilities aren’t so different. Some shout, some sing, some play drums, some play guitar, some dance…but we all offer our worship. Why would it be strange for me to clap my hands in a military fashion? The answer…because I am not accustomed to it. The Bible gives plenty of references to clapping, however…even going so far as to mention that nature will even clap in worship.
You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
Try something in worship you aren’t accustomed to. Do you clap in worship? Encourage your congregation to clap. Do you shout? Shout! Whatever you do…offer it up in the fullest for God. He’ll enjoy it. While you’re at it…take a break from your devotional studies and shout and clap for God right now. He deserves it!
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Jason Whitehorn, Founder of www.gotworship.net
Note: This series is based on the book Pure Praise by Dwayne Moore. We highly encourage you get this book to aid you in your ministry. More details on the book can be obtained from the author’s websitehere