Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Most mornings my day begins with Psalm 95.
For centuries the people of God have recited Psalm 95 as a way to reconnect with God by worshiping, remembering, and listening.
The first stanza invites us to
. The invitation is to consciously come before God and give thanks for all the goodness and loving-kindness God has shown us. To remember our blessings and to give thanks to the one from whom all blessings flow.
Come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
The second stanza is an invitation to
who God is. The Lord is God and King above all gods. God is the creator of heaven and earth; the One who shaped and holds all of creation in his hands.
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth,
and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands have molded the dry land.
The third stanza continues the invitation to remember who God is and who we are. It ends, however, with what may be the most important invitation of all, the invitation to
for God’s voice.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!
This is the essence of what it means to be one of God’s people. God’s people worship, remember, and listen.
My prayer for you today is that you will join us in worship at 10:00 a.m. for the
broadcast. I pray you will remember who God is; the one who has created you and redeemed you by the grace of Jesus Christ. And I pray you will listen for God’s voice so that you may discover how God wants the life of Christ to flow through you and into the world.
Grace & Peace,
Rev. Donnie Wilkinson