Quote for 12/27/2021

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.    Psalm 95:1-2

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This psalm is the basis of the Te Deum Laudamis, which is part of both the Lutheran and Roman Catholic Order of Matins, a morning church service.  This verse serves as the opening lines:

“Oh, come let us sing unto the Lord! / Let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation!”

I went to a Lutheran grade school.  Every Wednesday morning was a chapel service.  Pastor Beuschline spent several weeks teaching us about each part of Matins; what it meant and its purpose.

Matins still exists in our hymnal, but churches too often print customized liturgies in the bulletin instead of using a traditional liturgy.  I miss Matins!

It is so familiar, so ingrained in my memory that I can use those familiar words and songs as my basis for praise, repentance, and the rest.  I don’t have to struggle with choosing the right words or reading something unfamiliar in the bulletin.

That’s me.  However you worship, whatever means you use, sing to the Lord and make a joyful noise to Him!

One thought on “Quote for 12/27/2021

  1. For this same reason, I like to read (and pray) prayers written by dear friends of God: people like St. Ignatius, St. Francis of Assisi, and Mother Teresa. I am not catholic, but find the words of these true believers often express my heart’s cry.

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