(Lent 3A Psalm 95)
95:1 O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
95:2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
95:3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
95:4 In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.
95:5 The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
95:7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would listen to his voice!
I love this psalm. It reminds me of some good singing.
For years my spiritual practice was singing. Oh, I didn't set out to have it be, but after a few years of singing in a very demanding church choir, I realized that singing–rehearsing as well as singing in worship–brought me closer to God by opening the scriptures in unexpected ways.
When I pray with the choir before church on Sunday morning, I almost always make a reference to the way we are all working to open the Word to all those who will worship. I want them to know that their commitment to the music in worship means more than the average choral performance. I hope they feel the praise they are giving in their breath and in their bones.
I can't sing the way I did once, due to a partially paralyzed vocal cord. I can't produce the same sounds, but music produces a similar result still, a sense of joyful connection to something far beyond my comprehension. O come, let us worship and bow down.