After the rigours of psalm 94 its lovely to come to the familiar and gracious invitation of psalm 95, which is the regular canticle for morning prayer which we call by its first Latin word ‘The Venite’:
- O COME, let us sing unto the Lord: let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
- Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving: and shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.
At the core of this beautiful psalm is the humble acknowledgement that we didn’t create ourselves but that we are all made by the one God to whom we owe our thanks, and this is something on which I have reflected with gratitude in my response.
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For equal rights and justice, cry out loud!
Then come before God’s presence and be glad,
And harden not your hearts. Do not be proud,
But kneel before your maker, for he made
You for himself and also for each other,
To share his good gifts equally. Our God
Is everyone’s salvation, and our Father
Is Lord and father equally to all.
Let us rejoice before him, let him gather
The scattered tribes and nations back from all
The corners of the earth, and also from
The wilderness of willfulness. His call
To bring our lives, and our whole world to him
Resounds in all of us. Could we but hear,
Our Saviour, King and Shepherd calls us home.
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