“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” — Psalm 95:1-2
The world record for the loudest stadium was set in 2014 at Arrowhead Stadium when the Kansas City Chiefs played the New England Patriots. The decibel level reached 142.2 — louder than an airplane lifting off from the ground at takeoff. Many other stadiums boast of loud fans who try to rattle the opposing team. Home-team fans usually create a huge advantage.
It’s natural for fans to express support for their favorite teams. However, the key to healthy sports fandom for a Christian is understanding and appreciating the difference between admiring the accomplishments of athletes and actually worshipping somebody.
When we worship God with a congregation in a local church, we should have a proper attitude by understanding who God is, and giving the Lord reverence and deep respect. God is the Creator who made the sun, moon and stars, as well as the land, plants, animals, birds, fish and people. In a sense, everything belongs to the Lord. “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters” (Psalm 24:1-2).
Therefore, all creatures should bow before Him. We were made to worship, and we should be in awe when we approach such a great Being. The greatness of God stirs our hearts to worship the Lord through singing, and we sing to God to pause in wonder at the marvelous works of our Lord, and to adore our Redeemer. “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song” (Psalm 95:1-2).
When you worship, press in and praise Him with all of your heart. We need to be sure we’re more than fans of Jesus.
— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia
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