Psalm · thoughts and musings

Call to worship… what with?

Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous!

   Praise befits the upright.
Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! 

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.

He loves righteousness and justice;
   the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.

Psalm 33v1-5

I helped lead worship today at Knapton Methodist Church with a service and sermon based on the parable of the Good Samaritan. Yet in the planning of the service we had really not got a clue what to open the service with as a call to worship. When I started to lead worship in the realms of Derbyshire I stumbled across this amazing chapter in the good Book. God actually really loves us. Shocking really, and so often forgotten. God actually really loves. Then of course we should react to this. Yet we no longer live in a world of Lyres – as far as I am aware the lyre is practically medieval – but in a world of beat-boxing and guitars, and electrical bass’. How do we translate this… we can certainly still shout loudly and I have seen a harp played in worship in the last year but worshiping the lord to be thankful for His love… how in our 21st Century, 24/7, busy busy, social media, hyper-connected society?
I suppose their is no right or wrong way, as long as we keep worshiping, following the upright word of the Lord, being righteous and incurring Justice. 

Its about remembering that the earth if full of Gods love. The local preach today made a comment today that I cannot remember the full ins and outs of but it went something like this…

“God’s love falls on the just, and it falls on the unjust, 
but more so on the just because the unjust has the just umbrella.”

We worship because God loves us first and we live amongst a community of other believers. So, no lyres, no harps, no shouts, none of the many things…. Love.