Shout for joy to the Lord!

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I didn’t see it in the news, I think it was because it was the same day as the Royal Wedding and the FA cup final, but here in Sheffield last weekend, the real story played out on the football pitch between 11 men of Christ Church Walkley and what seemed like an army from Christ Church Central. Over 90 minutes on Saturday morning, it felt like I used my legs and lungs more than I had done the entire year beforehand (and my body has told me so this week!)

A football game, like a lot of sports, is a natural place to pour out praise and adulation. One of our players is relentless in his encouragement and throughout the game picked out individual players with shouts of “great footwork”, “keep it up”, “excellent defending”. It might seem like just a little thing, but what is praise other than ascribing worth to someone or something, telling someone how good it is that they have done something worthy of celebration! Praising someone is picking up on a positive attribute and telling them 'that is great!'

We have a God that is worthy of far greater praise than a shout of encouragement to a teammate, Psalm 100 says;

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his.
— Psalm 100v1-3

The writer of this Psalm is encouraging us to join with the whole earth in shouting praise to God! The bible calls this worship.

I really like this live version of 'All Creatures of our God and King' by Kings Kaleidoscope:

It’s  God who made us, it’s God who made everything, so let’s take every opportunity we can to join with all the creatures of our God and King praising Him!

And just incase you were wondering, Christ Church Walkley won for the second year in a row, we’ll try not to boast about it.

Let all things their creator bless,
And worship him in humbleness,
O Praise Him!