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Greetings friends! This week’s guest post is by a dear friend and brother in Christ, David whose blog David’s Daily Dose is one of my favourites on WordPress. What I like about David’s writing is it’s off beat humorous tone, it is very disarming as he tackles real daily issues we all face. I would recommend that you pay David’s blog a visit, I guarantee you won’t regret it. A special treat at the end of this post is David performing his chosen song, which I think is excellent. So readers, here is David in his own words

My best friend in college went to a large high school who had a major cross-town rival. Each fall, the annual football game between the two schools was an epic event.

Game day at my friend’s alma mater was a sight to behold! The whole school shut down after lunch to hold a huge pep rally for the game. After a boisterous cheer fest in the gymnasium, all 1000+ students lined the hallways in anticipation.

“What’s going on?” I asked my friend. “Just wait,” he said. Sure enough, in a few minutes I heard the 85-member marching band coming down the main hallway blasting the school fight song. Everyone was chanting and cheering and shouting at the top of their lungs!

Yet amid such pandemonium, I heard God’s still small voice. As the band came into view, the Holy Spirit whispered, “I wish someone would do this for me.” And like the prophet Isaiah, I heard myself say, “Here I am, Lord. I’ll do it!”

(Isaiah 6:8)

At the time, I was the 19-year-old music minister at the little Baptist church where I grew up. It was a wonderful, loving congregation. But most of our worship services started at 11 o’clock sharp and ended at 12 o’clock dull.

I had no idea how to translate the atmosphere at the school into a church environment. “We didn’t have a band. The only shouting was when one of the deacons called out an occasional, “AMEN!”

Over time I realized you don’t need to recreate the ambience of a raucous school pep rally to honor God. You just have to want to. True worship is a “pedal to the medal” reality – whatever form it takes. God seeks authentic,  heartfelt praise. THAT was what He wanted me to know.

“Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious! Say to God, “How awesome are Your deeds!”               

Psalm 66:1-3 (NIV)

“For the time is coming and is already here, when by the power of God’s Spirit people will worship the Father as He really is, offering Him the true worship He wants. God is Spirit, and only by the power of His Spirit can people worship Him as He really is.”                                   

John 4:23-24 (GNT)

“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”                                                            

Psalm 34:3 (NKJV)

24 thoughts on “Strike Up the Band!

  1. Great post by David, and heart-felt worship song.

    It is nice when we hear an author’s ‘voice’ through written words, and then can also hear the author’s actual voice.
    Thanks, Alan. 🤗

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    1. Thank you Sally for your words of encouragement sister. I get excited posting for these great devotional writers, we are truly blessed on the WordPress Christian Community to have such a wealth of talent writing for the Almighty.

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  2. Thank you Alan and thank you David. I’ve always envied those who can play a musical instrument well and even more so those who can also sing along in tune at the same time, neither talents of which I am able to do. Thank you for sharing! Blessings.

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    1. We all have our God given gifts Bruce, to play our part in sharing and glorifying Him. I am a big music fan but I am about as musical as a goose in a snow storm, to coin a Scottish phrase: “he coudnae carry a tune in a bucket!” But that doesn’t stop me trying to praise Him with what I have!

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  3. A-MEN Love this post and pic of Edinburgh Tattoo Pipers. My dear Mum was born in Edinburgh and she loved the tattoo which was recorded here on TV each year. She was also in her day a champion participant in Highland Dancing Comps.
    My David here is the musical one and plays a Q-Chord and our Sunday Worship and Word here together now is a precious time. I pray God finds our worship to HIM is HOLY and honouring.

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  4. I feel the most powerful part of this devotional is the line… I heard myself say, “Here I am, Lord. I’ll do it!”

    I pray, Christians all over the planet will be quick with an affirmative response to our Lord when we hear His voice. May we be continuously ready to bring glory, honor, and praise to Him with our service in whatever manner He bids us.

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    1. Your words are very similar to Isaiah’s words in his commission by God:
      Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
      — Isaiah 6:8
      Brilliant! If only more saints had this attitude of willingness before their Father God.

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  5. Thank you, Mandy. I was thrilled when Alan asked me to write a post for his site! You, and the gentleman before you, set the bar high. I worked hard to write my very best.

    I appreciate your kind words.

    Blessings.

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  6. To open a post and find two of my favorite bloggers is a wonderful thing. David, your song took me back to my college days and reminded me of my favorite album from that time- “Brother to Brother” by Michael Card and John Michael Talbot. A dear friend played the guitar and we all sang along. It was truly a spirit lifting marching band.

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