Although we know the book of Psalms today as written word, most were written as songs and many were sung by congregations during periods of corporate worship. When I read them I like to wonder about what it would be like to hear them sung in ancient times. As those songs have long been lost from memory, generations since have created their own songs from the Psalms. It is testament to the Psalms’ truth and universal relevancy that we continue to mine them for spiritual truth and use them in private and corporate worship. This special psalm is one I’ve loved for a long time and have been blessed to know it also as a song. In fact, I can’t even read the first few words without the song leaping to mind and joyfully playing over and over. I first heard it sung by a church choir and it has been a blessing ever since.
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
3 For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
7 for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care
blessings to you,