Let Us Sing to the Lord

(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.

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