Venite!

Psalm 95:1-7

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
    the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    and the sheep of his hand.

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This is one of my favorite psalms for two reasons. First of all it is so obviously upbeat and joyful, focusing on God’s good deeds and his excellence of being. It is also a favorite because it is used in the Order of Matins – a lesser-used morning worship service that has some beautiful chants and canticles. This psalm is called the Venite, “O come”.

Notice the active nature of the worship called for in these verses: We are to come into God’s presence. We are to make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise. We are to kneel before the Lord our Maker. Three times in these few verses we are urged to come. This calls for a movement on our part toward the place of worship – where people gather around the word and sacraments, sing God’s praises, pray to God, and worship God.

Notice also the reasons for such activity: God is our creator. We belong to him. He has made all things; they are his. He is a great King. He is our God. We are his people. He is the rock of our salvation.

I am looking forward to worship this Sunday, gathering with God’s people, singing his praises, honoring Jesus Christ, and receiving God’s gifts. God is calling us to this. I hope you also heed that call.

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