Daily devotions to help get us ready for Resurrection Sunday. Our focus, from Palm Sunday, is the fact that our great God and Savior is worthy of our praise! Today's praise focus is the Hebrew word “zamar”.
Zamar means to praise with musical instruments. But don't count yourself out if you don't play an instrument or have musical talent. We can all praise our awesome God as we experience worshipful music. The key here is first of all being genuine. Taking the time to focus your mind and heart on the Lord as you listen to the music. Music opens the hear and stirs the emotions. Sometimes that music will be lively and celebratory, lifting our hearts to rejoice in the goodness of God. At other times it will be quiet, calling us to humble ourselves in His holy presence; either:
- expressing words of awe before the king of kings
- expressing our love for Him
- trading our weakness for His strength
- giving thanks
- bringing our sins for His cleansing
- basking in His glory as His child, beloved and chosen.
Or a combination of two or more.
Remember, praise is connection. It's part of our ongoing personal relationship with the Lord. One of the important ways that we interact with Him and the Bible says that He inhabits our praises (Psalm 22:3) - in other words, He meets with us there.
If you'd like to meet with Him in this way (He does), find a nice quiet place alone. Tell the Lord you want to meet with Him and go to the following link:
As you play the music, focus on the Lord and His presence. Let your heart be carried by the music and express to the Lord your admiration, thanks, love, etc. Lift your hand to Him, if that's what you feel. Or kneel down. Or prostrate yourself (laying face down). Or dance with the music.
Again, be genuine. Be personal. And be free. This is between you and Him. And it just may change your life.