ARTICLE NUMBER FIVE
(FOR SEPTEMBER 1993)
By Mike Speck
“Let’s put our hands together, we’re gonna celebrate Jesus’ name”. That’s the
beginning line of a song that Janet Paschal made popular. It is also where every
church worship service should begin.
We do have a reason to celebrate. How about starting by praising God for forgiving us
and giving us eternal life. Or how about praising Him for all the ways He blessed us
this week. What about being able to see, walk, talk, hear, taste, ……….. Boy, do we
ever take for granted all we have in Jesus. He is forever faithful and gives us peace in
the midst of our storms. He is the God of all encouragement. We could go on and on.
“Hallelujah, what a Savior”.
As I shared with you previously, there are four parts to our worship services. They are
celebration, participation, proclamation, and invitation. Let’s take a moment to talk
about celebration. I’m talking about a congregation or choir that sings rejoicing, alive,
exciting up tempo songs that blesses the Father and encourages the saints. I’m talking
about music that makes us look forward to going to church. Nothing lifts the spirits or
changes the mood of a person like celebration in worship .
Can celebration get too wild? I think it is possible, but I have never personally seen it.
Someone once said, “I’d rather cool down a fanatic on fire than resurrect a religious
corpse. Celebration is not just emotionalism or entertainment. It is the reason some
churches are filled with people and some aren’t. I get to wondering if we can’t stand
praising God for an hour or two a week, how will we stand an eternity of it. All that
have been washed in the Blood of the Lamb along with all the angels in glory, will
celebrate and praise the King of Kings forever and ever.
If only we, who lead in worship, could get a grasp at how our Lord loves to hear His
children singing, rejoicing and praising His name. As you well know, He inhabits our
praises. There are scriptures all through the word of God that reveal this great truth.
Still, there are those who look upon clapping and raising hands, along with certain
styles and tempos of music, as disrespectful and irreverent. In our next article we will
talk about the second phase of worship; participation. We will discuss the need to get
quiet and intimate with our worship of the Lord.