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Join the Song!

Revelation 5   Nehemiah 7:1-8:12   Psalm 100

“Come into his presence with singing” (Psalm 100). Today’s scripture readings continue to give us a window into worship, while issuing a specific invitation: Join the song! Hear it as Nehemiah and Ezra call the people to celebration and rejoicing “because they had understood the words” of the Lord (Nehemiah 8:9-12). Receive it in the call of Psalm 100, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord all the earth” (v.1). And hear the song in all its fullness as “myriads and myriads and thousands and thousands” sing  “with full voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb!’” (Revelation 5:11,12). And this is the song all creation will join:

“Power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:12) A sevenfold blessing sung to Christ Jesus, the lamb who takes away the sins of the world. Seven. Symbolizing complete and perfect praise.  Worthy is the lamb to receive the full-throated song of absolute praise and blessing! And Worthy is God, Creator and Redeemer, to receive the song from “every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea” (v.13). Forever and ever. And, hear this; to you God extends the invitation to join the song now. Not simply then, but now.

“For the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Those who give themselves to worship now — who center their joy in the Lord now – find strength! Worship, as depicted so beautifully in each of this day’s texts, brings joy to those who practice it. And joy brings strength. May you worship God, your Creator this day. May you sing, with full voice, the complete song of praise to God, your Redeemer. And may you know the joy and strength that comes to those who enter the song. “Amen, Amen!”

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord,
all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.”

— Psalm 100:1,2


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