For this week’s word of worship, I decided to go off the beaten path and choose a word that we very seldom use, but are constantly seeking to do. My word of worship this week is acclamation.
Webster says that acclamation is “a loud eager expression of approval, praise, or assent”. This is exactly what the Old Testament calls for us to do as worshipers, on many occasions. Notice what is says in Psalms 100:2, “Worship the Lord with gladness, come before him with joyful songs.” There are some experts who translate the word gladness to actually mean shouting and that shout was meant to be so loud and expressive that it “splits the ear”.
Worship should be a joyful experience for us, because of how thankful we are for what God has done for us. But yet we, many times, view going to church as something that is “good for us” not something that is “enjoyable for us”. Acclamation means I want to LOUDLY and PROUDLY worship my Father, and I should want to do that for one reason, He is who is says He is. Psalms 45:11 puts it this way, “So the king will greatly desire your beauty (worship), because He is your Lord, worship Him”. Did you catch that, God desires us to be close to Him, He desires our beauty, not because we are beautiful but because He is God. He doesn’t desire us for our singing voice, He desires us because He wants us to know him better.
Psalms 100:3 says “Know the Lord, He is God.” There is no getting around that fact. We should LOUDLY acclaim Him because He is exactly who He says He is. Today is not a day for quiet reserved worship. Today is a day to shout the fact that God is real. Today is a day for shouts that “split the ear” and songs that show joy and appreciation to the God who never fails us.