Look what I read from Psalm 47. Note the highlighted words and then use your imagination to set the stage. What does this look like?
This is loud, screaming, clapping, foot stomping, proclamation that our champion is the best.
Now I get that not all churches have the same worship traditions, cultures, and tones. Some are more somber while others are simply out-of-control. (I mean that in a bad way). Yet, here is a biblical call from a leader of worship, to God’s people, to raise praise for their Champion. And, all churches need this on some regular basis.
- Theological reason– fanatic praise is a fitting response to God’s work. Big God should get big praise, right?!
- Emotional reason– fanatic praise counters weekly set-backs in our lives.
- Social reason– fanatic praise unites strangers. It is the power of common cause.
- Mental reason– fanatic praise reminds us of past victories and future hope.
- Evangelical reason– fanatic praise is inviting to people with no champion.
- Discipleship reason– fanatic praise lets internal truths become external expressions. (You “worshiping”, “in your heart” does nothing for me who is watching the outside, just saying)
Find ways during your weekly gatherings to cultivate a social identity around our victory in Christ. Help people see themselves as loved and saved and chosen. Call them to clap, and shout, and sing, and sound off…to be fanatical. We need reminded that we are going to win. We need to surround ourselves with like-minded losers-made-winners-in-Christ.
Honestly, I’m not a sports fanatic. I’m not a music fanatic. And, reading Psalm 47, I’m not much of a God fanatic. It is hard for me to be that expressive. It’s my introversion. Self-consciousness. Pride. Hosts of things. Maybe there are church leaders that will go slow and take the time to help people like me experience greater intimacy with God and guide me toward a more fanatical faith in a Champion that has never lost a battle!