Personality differences are a wonderful gift from God. We need loud and expressive people to keep us on our toes. We need quiet and reflective people to calm us down. Here’s the thing though. Often times we improperly import our personality types into our worship of God. Those who are loud love to sing (usually off key), clap, and dance. Those who are quiet prefer reflective, reverent meditation. All of this begs the question: which one is right? Does God prefer loud people or reverent people?
Fortunately, scripture doesn’t leave us hanging. In fact, it spells it out pretty clearly. God loves and desires both responses from all people. Check out Psalm 47:1-2
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.
The thing I love about this Psalm is that God gives us both the what and the why. He commands us to clap our hands and to sing to God with loud songs of joy. This isn’t a command based on personality type. It’s not reserved for extroverts. All people are called to clap and to sing loud songs of joy to God.
Why? Because he is the Lord Most High. He’s the great king who rules over all the earth. In light of God’s glorious majesty, clapping and loud songs are the right response! It wouldn’t be right to always be silent and reflective in the presence of God. His beauty and glory call for more.
Let’s be encouraged by this Psalm to move toward loud, expressive worship of God. In church, in the car, in the shower. Yes, worship is matter of the heart. You can belt it out without giving a rip about God. But true worship doesn’t stay in the heart. It animates the hands to clapping and the vocal chords to loud songs.