“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—shout for joy before the Lord, the King.” Psalm 98:4-6

These few verses begin with a shout as we are commanded to make a jubilant song. But then it brings us to the music of the harp. Certainly, it was used in corporate worship in the Temple but it was also used in a much more personal way.

Harps were small enough to carry with you. It could be pulled out at any time you wanted to take a break from everything and you could make music. Sometimes it was placed over the musician’s heart, part of the wooden frame leaned up against the ear and strummed so only the musician could hear it. It was worship that you and you alone brought to the Lord.

And then there were the trumpets, some were forged from metal and some were made from a ram’s horn. Those were more of a declaration, a loud call to attention and readiness.

Music encompasses a lot. It can be bold and demanding or it can be soft and personal. It is to be a part of our worship. Every day, no matter where we are, we are called to live a life of worship.

Jesus, I worship You today and ask that every part of my life will bring You honor and glory.

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