Worship is not just a weekly time to get spiritually energized and to express our praise to God, it's an immensely important time of spiritual formation. What we do in worship, week by week, shapes our identity as God’s distinct people who live by a different set of practices and rhythms. These worship practices do not just form us on Sundays during the hour-long service — they also shape us for how we live as God’s people every day in the world.
This week we begin a summer-long series looking at the historic elements of worship. You can read more about the series and our worship values HERE.
Psalm 95: 1-11
1Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
3For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.
4In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
6Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
7for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
Today, if only you would hear his voice, 8“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness, 9where your ancestors tested me; they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
10For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.’
11So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”
16Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.