When I served as a pastor I was always on the “lookout” in the Bible for a good “call to worship” that I could use at the beginning of a “worship service.” I loved to use a capable, expressive, interpretive reader in the congregation give voice to it, leading the congregation to look up and look upon the splendor, majesty, grace and goodness of God and engage their hearts in worship.
This morning during my time of “Coffee with the Lord” I came across a “call to worship” I believe I would have used – It’s adapted from Psalm 28…
Here it is:
“To You, O Lord, I call; my Rock, be not deaf to me! Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to You for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary! …
“Blesse be the Lord! For He has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy! The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped! My heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him!
“Oh, save Your people and bless Your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever!”
Hey, that’s a good one! My hope is that one the pastors who reads this “Coffee with the Lord” post today might adopt and use this “call to worship” tomorrow in their Sunday “worship service.” For me? It doesn’t matter! … I’ll use it as my “personal call to worship” today!!!