Looking at Psalm 47, we see that God should be praised. In its few verses we are told to praise God about nine times (in one form or another). It is frequently preached, that born-again Christians do not thank our Lord enough. However, we are equally at fault in our lack of praise. We are quick to praise those in movies and television, “our” teams, or the makers of the latest gadgets; yet, we lack praising our Lord. We might praise Him in private, but do we praise Him publicly? “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph”( Ps. 47:1). I understand that to mean wherever we are, He is to be praised! Whether at home, at church or the doctor’s office.
We do not have to wait for Church to praise Him; although, that is the main purpose for our being there. We gather together to worship and praise God! For some of us, this is the only time we get to praise God in public (some may be mostly home-bound or like others- who simply do not). Our modern-day churches need more praise today. If a pastor’s preaching of the Word of God strikes a chord we should yell out an amen, glory or something! And God help us if we slip up a hand. All too oft, when a preacher looks out over his flock, he sees faces that look like they just ate burnt-eggs for breakfast. We lend more attention to the TV screen than to good preaching.
God only knows what would happen to our churches (and country) if praise was increased. Scripture gives us an example in 2 Ch. 5:13, “ It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD.” Rather than glory in God’s presence (the cloud), shout hallelujah or amen most of us would complain about the weather. If we would get it together, we too could call fire and clouds down. “And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever,” (2 Ch. 7:3).
If we came to church praising, amening, lifting a hand or just plain shouting with joy, two things could happen. God could get what He deserves and fill the church with clouds or Pastor could have a heart attack from being amened so much!