“O come, let us sing to the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.”
I remember images from my church school days of David dancing, singing, and playing an instrument. He loved the Lord and in his playful way, was not afraid to express his gratitude. Many of the Psalms we credit him with writing, convey this message. This one seems to express the joy of the Lord, then, we are hit with a BUT. Dr. Phil always tells us the BUT is about to turn the story around.
The Psalmist reminds us of the people who did not listen to God, did not follow God, did not sing God’s praises. Wonder why the mood of this poem changed? Why do we have to be reminded of what our ancestors’ generations ago did to displease God?
If we peaked at the next Psalm, Psalm 96, we would see that God doesn’t stay angry at us,
“O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.”
Almighty God, thank you for reminding us of our ancestors who turned against you. Thank you for letting us know that we are forgiven, if we turn ourselves around and give you all our gratitude and praise. We shouldn’t take you for granted but wake each day grateful that you have chosen us. Amen