How many of you know what PDA stands for? It is an abbreviation for Public Displays of Affection, and most people associate this with holding hands, kissing, or hugging while out in public. For some people, holding a loved one’s hand, or giving them a quick kiss, is simple and natural no matter where you are. But, for others, it feels strange and weird, and you think people are staring at you.
When I first married Joe, I stopped by his work to say hello. He came around the corner and gave me a big hug and a kiss because he was happy to see me. I felt uncomfortable because I didn’t know anyone that was around us, and I had not been used to seeing people showing affection out in public. However, I quickly became used to getting hugs and kisses from him no matter where we were. He loved me, and he wanted to show his love to me.
My sister is a tennis fan. She loves watching tennis and will get up at 3:00 am to watch a tennis match that is being played overseas. To say that she is a HUGE fan of Serena Williams is an understatement. If you are within 50 feet of her while Serena is playing a match, then you won’t have any trouble figuring out that Serena is someone that she wants to win. If Serena is losing, then you don’t even want to be in the same room with my sister since she is going to be in a bad mood. My sister will be cheering, jumping up and down, and shouting at the television if there is a bad call made.
I loved getting to watch my children play sports when they were younger. My oldest son was fantastic at football, my youngest son excelled at basketball, and my daughter was great at volleyball. Each of them made the region and the state all-star teams in their sports, and you can bet that I was at their games cheering them on. I didn’t think a thing about jumping to my feet when my son caught a touchdown pass. When my son blocked a shot on the basketball court, I was one of the first to scream and shout encouragement. And, when my daughter spiked the ball over the net for a score, I was clapping and screaming my head off. Let’s just say that you probably figured out which child was mine before their games were over. Lol!
But, when it comes to loving the Lord, would you be able to “see” that in my actions? I’ve been studying and watching sermons this week about HOW to worship the Lord. Worship and praise is something that I’ve thought of as songs and hymns. If I wanted to worship, then I needed to be singing or making a melody in my heart.
My grandmother sang at the top of her lungs when we went to church. In her last few years on this earth, you would find her singing gospel hymns even if she didn’t recognize who we were. She still was showing her love for the Lord, and she still remembered HIM.
I know that David was a man after God’s heart. The Lord loved David, even though David sinned and had many flaws. Maybe, just maybe, it is because David loved the Lord and made it known. Read the verses below and notice the ways that are listed that describe the ways to show love.
1 Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. 2 The Lord has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations. 3 He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; 5 make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, 6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the Lord, the King. 7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. 8 Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; 9 let them sing before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.
Sing is the first thing noted. Shout for joy and burst into jubilant song with music! Make music with the harp and sound of singing. Clap your hands and sing together for joy! I am pretty sure that if you were in the presence of David, you had a good idea that he loved the Lord.
But I am shy. I can’t sing very well, and I can’t play an instrument. People might look at me like I was crazy, and no one else is shouting and clapping their hands. These are all of the things that I’ve said to myself about worship. It makes me uncomfortable to sing loudly, and I would rather blend in with the rest of the congregation. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t love the Lord.
I am pretty sure that the Lord was uncomfortable when he was being beaten. For some reason, I don’t think that He was comfortable when He was spat on. I’ve heard that having spikes put through your hands and feet would hurt. The Lord did ALL of that to show His love for me, so I need to figure out a way to show my love for him!!!
Singing and playing music is only one way to show your love to the Lord, but there are plenty of other ways.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
I love you, God! Father God, you mean everything to me! It is not hard to express your love for God in prayer. If you can tell your spouse, your parents, your children, or even your friends that you love them, then you should also be telling the Lord. Giving thanks to the Lord for everything is easy. If you have it, then the Lord gave it. We came into the world with nothing, and the Lord has provided all that we have.
Showing grace, kindness, forgiveness, and love to others is a way to show the Lord that you love Him. Going about your everyday activities with the Lord as your guide will change the way that you act and respond.
Speaking of responding, what do you say when someone makes you mad? Do you immediately feel the need to “set the record straight?” Or, do you wait and ask the Lord to temper your words and response? This has been a tough one for me, but I am slowly learning not to respond to anyone when I am angry. Some times I will sleep on it overnight and pray that the Lord will give me guidance and grace for my response. I am the happiest when I pray and wait, and I am usually not happy when I lash back at the person instead.
If I got in your car, what kind of music is playing on the radio? How about the television shows that you are watching, or the movies that you attend? Are they showing worship to the Lord? If someone is watching us through the window, would they know that we love the Lord by our entertainment choices? How about the things that we share on social media? Does our social media feed shout, “I Love The Lord?”
There is no written in stone way to worship the Lord. We are all uniquely made, and we can all worship in our own unique way. The Lord knows what is in your heart, but He doesn’t mind a little PDA either. So, this week while you are driving down the road, or sitting at the kitchen table, sing at the top of your lungs your favorite worship song. I know the Lord will be smiling, even if you are singing off-key.
To GOD Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!