Saturday, January 07, 2006

Psalm 117: A Call to Worship

1 Praise the LORD, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.

2 For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD.


This is a hymn of praise. All nations are called to join Israel in a chorus of praise to YHWH, Israel's god.

This great chorus goes up because of YHWH's towering love and everlasting faithfulness displayed to Israel in his great acts of redemption. Exodus 34:6 is called to mind, especially the phrase: "abounding in love and faithfulness". (Leslie C. Allen, Word Biblical Commentary: Psalms 101-150)

Paul refers to Psalm 117 in Romans 15:7-13. Christ as a servant of the Jews has brought in the Gentiles to join with Jews to praise and extol God through Jesus the Messiah. All nations are now included and this psalm is now fulfilled.

As we gather as the community of Jesus in our various gatherings and lift up our voices in song, let's consider ourselves part of one mighty chorus that includes all who belong to Jesus: past, present and future. Let's also consider that time to be a call to worship, calling others to join with us in praise of our God, and of his great goodness to us in Jesus.


Susan said...

Each Sunday as I lead worship, I am intentionally mindful of the world-wide (cosmos-wide!) chorus of worshippers. It is something of a discipline for me to enter into worship this way, as it keeps me mindful of the implications of what we are engaging in, together as the body of Christ.

It was a blessing to worship with you today, brother! :)


Ted Gossard said...

Susan. Amen sister! :)

I was thinking more that way today myself as we worshiped together at our gathering. We sang an African song in lyric and style.

I thought too of our worship as somehow including those who have preceded us as well as those who are to come. And everyone in Jesus alive today.