Reading: Psalm 96: 1-9
Psalm 96 calls us to sing praises to God and to declare His gift of salvation day after day. It reminds us that God is great and majestic and strong. It urges us to bring an offering to Him and to worship God in the splendor of His holiness. In these opening verses of the Psalm we get a clear picture of who God is and what our response should be. The overarching theme of this Psalm is the call to declare our unfaltering allegiance to the one true God. This is both a corporate and a personal call.
As the church, no matter what the denomination, we are called to proclaim the good news, to worship God alone, and to bring relief to the oppressed and the needy. As the church this is what God clearly expects of us. The two greatest commandments – to love God and to live neighbor – are lived out by doing these three things. Ask a non-believer what a church should do and odds are they will name at least two of these three. In an ideal world, all churches would be growing in their love of God and changing the world for the better each day. All churches should be known for their compassion, love, witness, forgiveness, and service. And all of God’s people said, “Amen”!
But in order for the church to be known for these characteristics, as members of these churches we must first be known individually for these traits. No one comes to the faith because of a church. They come to faith by first experiencing what faith lived out looks like. They experience this vicariously when one loves or serves them in a radical or unexpected way. It draws them in and opens their hearts so that the Holy Spirit can begin to work in them. This day and each day, may our lives be the offering we bring to God and may our lives be a living witness to the splendor of His holiness.