We are continuing our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we will upload a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you will find them helpful and that they bring hope during this season. Click on these buttons to read the text of the psalm or listen to a recording of it. You can also listen to the reflection using the audio player below.
No singing allowed! The irony of reading Psalm 96 at present is not lost on me. At the time of writing, as we consider returning to church, we know that due to restrictions we are unable to sing together.
Rightly worship without singing feels wrong. We can see from the psalm that for thousands of years people have worshipped God through singing together. However, the psalm also helps to explain in greater detail what worship really looks like. Worship isn’t just the act of singing, it is what the singing does.
Worship is “ascribing’ to God his rightful place. In other words it is reminding ourselves of who God is and what he has done and does. Worship is declaring who God is to those around us. When we consider worship under these terms what worship can look like expands dramatically. We worship every time we share our faith, or an example of what God has done. We worship as we pray, we worship as we meditate on God’s word.
God, in this time of ‘unusual worship’ would you help us to meet with you in new ways.