“Come, let’s shout praises to GOD, raise the roof for the Rock who saved us! Let’s march into his presence singing praises, lifting the rafters with our hymns!”
Psalm 95:1-2 MSG
I don't think that God cares as much as we do about pitch and performance. One of my favourite singers is someone who sings with passion, gusto, and volume but rarely hits the right note. I love it when he sings!!! Why? Because I can see his heart coming out through his voice. The authentic pleasure that he has, the honour his life gives, and the gratefulness for what he has been saved from exudes from his mouth toward Christ every time he sings! It doesn't get any better than that!
If praise is an obligation, then it ceases to be praise. ~ John Mark McMillan
Don't miss the fine print in Psalm 95:1. SING for joy... God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. If you find that joy is missing and that you are not enamored with Jesus anymore, then maybe it's time you went out on a date... Meet with Him, read about Him, recall when you first met, allow your heart to engage with His again and recover that first moment of love & awe. God's love hasn't changed toward you. (by the way, the Strong's Concordance translates 'date' as 'yalak' - to go, walk, come)
Bruce & I have been married for a long time :) Yup, over 36 years! We have found that laughter has often been the cure for those (inevitable) times where our relationship starts feeling a little mundane. We bond in it -- in smiles, frivolity, and yes, flirting. I think it's the same with God. My spirit surges when I start celebrating Him. When I sing with a smile and with expressions of such incredible gratitude that I feel as though I will burst! I can't articulate enough, sing enough, play enough notes or move enough. In these moments, I sense His intense pleasure and something in me comes more alive!
If obedience is better than sacrifice, then I will praise God at all times. But I confess that I want more. I want to be known by Him and to know Him. I want to be moved and impacted in the very depths of my being by His presence. I want the depths of my being to be known by Him on my alter of praise.
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.