Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD! Praise him, you who serve the LORD, you who serve in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God. Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; celebrate his lovely name with music.Psalm 135:1-3 NLT
Over the last several years there have been any number of books and articles written on the subject of “Why?” The idea is that we should ask that question of ourselves in all our endeavors. Why do I get up in the morning? Why do I go to work? The question of purpose is important in every area of life. When we know the “why” its much easier to stay motivated when the work is hard. “Why” helps us make decisions on “what” is important and “how” it should be done.
When it comes to church, there are lots of good “Why’s” to ask. Why does it matter? Why do we do it the way we do it” Why should I be there?” As a Bible believing Christian, I really only need one “Why?”: The Bible says to show up! But “Why?” The first and most important reason we get together is to worship and praise the God who created us, who saved us, and who has kept us for one more week. If you don’t do anything else today, praise the Lord. He didn’t demand that we be great singers or ordain that we need a band and an overhead light show. He just said, “Praise the Lord.” You can do that, and it will be worthwhile.
It’s no accident that the last verse in the Psalms reminds us of the theme for the whole collection: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!” (Psalm 150:6 NKJV) If you’re breathing, then you have your orders. Let’s do this!