Come, Now Is The Time To Worship

March 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

One of my favorite “call to worship” songs:  “Come, Now Is The Time To Worship”.  Psalm 95 functions as such a call to worship.  The invitation is put out twice (in verses 1 and 6).  First, the general invitation of “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord…” (95:1).  And later, a repeat of the invitation to a worship posture of “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker…” (95:6).  Every time the reason for the invitation to worship is given:  “For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods” (95:3); and again, “for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care” (95:7).  We have to be constantly invited into living a life of worship, because (as the last four verses of the psalm remind us) we have a tendency to forget that God created us and sustains us.  In all kinds of subtle ways, we often doubt that God is “the great King above all gods”.  The reference to how that happened in the life of Israel (95:8-11) is also a reminder of how that happened in the history of our own lives.  Therefore, yet again today, “Come, now is the time to worship… now is the time to give your heart… Come, just as you are to worship…  just as you are before your God”

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