April 24, 2019
Pastor Paul Cannon
3Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! 4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! 5 Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
-Psalm 150: 3-6
Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Wherever you are, I hope you said that out loud. I hope you shouted it in front of your computer screen at work, at school, or on the Metra while reading on your phone. I hope you dusted off your old boombox, pumped the music and ran out into the streets dancing. I hope you I hope you knocked on your neighbors’ door, barged into their home to share the good news until they finally relented and agreed to see what all the fuss is about.
But I’m guessing you didn’t. Jesus rose from the dead, didn’t he? Same as last year. And the year before that. And the year before that. And the preceding two thousand years before all that (give or take a few decades). Kind of hard to get excited about it again. Isn’t it?
Maybe you didn’t do any of those things, but I still hope you feel the excitement, because even two thousand years later, this God on the Cross deserves our praise – not just for what Jesus did, but what he continues to do.
Why do we still break out the trumpets every Easter? Why do we bring out all the choirs? Why all the fanfare over something that happened so long ago? Our Psalm for Sunday is a reminder that God deserves our praise today, just as much as yesterday and the day before.
Every Easter we celebrate something old, but we also remember that we are called to celebrate all the new things that God is doing among us. We are celebrating all the ministry, all love, all the community that God has provided for us.
That is worth our praise. That is worth our shouts of Alleluia! That is worth our time, energy, and labor of love. Praise God!