Psalm 96: Words run out
What words can we find?
How can we describe our mind-blowing God?
We have heard words in church:
worship and praise
glory and majesty,
honour and awe …
but what are our words
to tell of God’s greatness?
Maybe we need to shut up
and let the trees say it better …
the waves and the flowers,
the rocks under our feet
and the stars over our head,
they all know how to praise the Lord!
What words will you choose
to be your truth this day?
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Photo: a lovely Christmassy stained glass window at Burnham Military base, Christchurch NZ
A Christmas Psalm:
based on Psalm 96
Sing a new song to the Lord
All the earth, sing!
All you people, sing!
See God’s glory, it is coming!
Tell of God’s salvation, it is coming into the world!
Speak of greatness, strength to overcome.
Come out to meet the Lord, proclaiming his name.
Come into his holy place and tremble.
All the earth, tremble in wonder.
All the galaxies, rejoice in praise!
All the oceans and all that lives in the sea – sing for joy!
All the fields and forests and all that lives on the land – shout for joy!
For the Lord is coming -
he is coming to make everything new,
he is coming to put things right.
Rejoice for the Lord is coming …
But will we see him, born in a manger?
Will we proclaim him, son of Mary?
Will we welcome him, this stranger in a strange land?
Will we honour him, this unexpected judge of the world?
Lord God, we see you, born in a manger.
Lord Jesus, we proclaim you, son of God and son of man.
Loving God, we welcome you; come make your home among us.
Lord Jesus, we honour you and praise you and choose again to follow.