Most of us are still inhibited when it comes to praising God. I see people, and I include myself, a little shy or embarrassed to raise our arms in church when worship songs are sung even though your heart is full and bursting with adoration of God. We are still self-conscious about what people around us may say. The funny thing is that everyone or at least majority of the attendees think the same thing.
What's even funnier is that when I'm alone at home listening to worship songs, I have no problem stretching my arms out to heaven, head thrown all the way back, eyes closed singing along at the top of my lungs! Goosebumps start to plague my whole body and tears come streaming out feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit with the blast of joy streaming out of my heart to my esophagus and out my mouth! How I wish I could do that at church. But again, it's that self-conscious notion of the fear of making a mockery out of myself that holds me back. Something I definitely have to work on.
The Bible teaches that God is fit to be praised wherever we are, expressed through words and music, at all times for His greatness because He is worthy of our praise!
But why? For what purpose? I am willing to bet that God already knows He's awesome, He already knows the names of those who love Him. So why?
It thrills God to be worshipped and praised. He knows our hearts more that we do our own and praising Him brings glory to Him and it literally makes Him happy! Think about what your dogs think about you, someone who oh, maybe once in a while spends time with them but regardless of your treatment of them, they still love you. Now multiply our kindness to our dogs 1000%. That's how God loves us and when we praise Him, it brings Him joy. What privilege is that for us to bring God joy?
Another reason is that praising God is our best weapon against satan! When we praise God, it cements to the evil world that God is worthy of our praise and worship. It is worst for satan because he hates to see that.
So go ahead! Raise your arms, sing at the top of your lungs, lift your hearts up to God because He is worthy of all those things and there is nothing to be ashamed of. If anything, you might be able to encourage others to do the same!
Until my next rant... LOVE ONE ANOTHER!!