Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth. Psalm 47:1-2
According to the Myers-Briggs personality test, I am an ISTJ which means when it comes to praise, my arms stay pinned to my sides and my toes barely tap, but my insides dance as I sing praise to my God. I find it hard to release myself from the constraints of my Baptist upbringing, our traditional, trying to be contemporary church, and my introversion to freely move my body to the rhythm of the music and joy in my heart. My eyes dart around looking to see if others have been freed from the chains of tradition and introversion hoping their freedom will open the door for mine. I long to be unencumbered by the customs of my conservative upbringing and raise my hands high in praise.
Psalm 47 calls us to shout for joy and sing praises to our King because he is a great and mighty “king over all the earth…God reigns over the nations and God sits on his holy throne.” Maybe your praise is locked inside of your body with two-left feet and no sense of rhythm like mine, but I challenge you today to get in your car or shower, pick your favorite praise song, turn up the volume, and sing loud! Give yourself permission and freedom to “shout to God with LOUD songs of joy!” Do it today. Do it often and maybe you will find it a little easier to unpin your arms and raise your hands in worship when you heart moves you in praise.
Between a husband, 2 sons, and teaching high school my sanity is found in running and Starbucks. I have a circle of running friends who inspire me to be authentic and real as I live a life of faith before them.