Psalm 96 begins this way:
Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
Notice the verbs. They’re all plural, in the imperative mood.
God has commanded all of us to worship.
And there can be nothing stale about worship.
We’re to sing something “new,” meaning that we’re to sing in a way that reflects our deep conviction that God’s mercies are new every day.
We’re to do this “among the nations,” meaning that people everywhere will notice the vibrancy of our worship and want to know more about God.
And again, since it’s all plural, it means that God intends for us to do this together.
It can’t be that God needs our praise. God has been a community of mutual adoration of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for all eternity.
No, God created us for worship. God created us in his own image, and he is, in divine essence, a worshipping community. It’s in worshipping together that we become our best and truest selves.
This Sunday, we welcome our new Minister of Music, Sean Baran, with joyful music and by reflecting on some of the reasons why we worship.
Come to worship. Resolve to not miss worship again.
God uses each of our voices and all of our prayers to make each and every one of us into the persons he created us to be.