I hope you are finding pause from the pace of life this Memorial Day weekend.


Psalm 47:1 says, “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.”

I wonder if this might be one of the least obeyed verses when it comes to congregations expressing themselves in worship. My sense is that fear has crippled some who don't want to be seen as giving praise to men.

I observe this when the response to a song of great celebration is silence. How can that be? How have we become conditioned to withhold a natural response of appreciation?

Clapping is done in all other venues to show appreciation without any hesitation. Have we forgotten it is God we appreciate when we clap our hands in worship?

If you have been afraid to express your appreciation for God, I hope this verse will provide encouragement.

Rehearse Worship

Since moving from Richmond, VA, about a year ago, my wife and I have been attending a large church where I've been helping out with music. One of the things I've been reminded of is the importance of making rehearsals worship.

As a musician it's sometimes all too easy to make the notes the main thing.

Here are some suggestions to keep us on track worshiping while rehearsing.

Free Song

When I started my journey as a church musician, contemporary songs were not as plentiful as they are today. In the 70s Scripture songs provided not only our praise but much instruction as well.

I've added a page this month with one free to download song that might help you out this summer. You can check it out here

Thanks for reading.

All the best,
Jim Snedeker