Today’s invitation to “come” is a little different than the others. It is an invitation not so much to come and receive something but to come and do something. This is a familiar passage, and often, with the more familiar passages, the more familiar it is the less we “see” in it. So, take a step back and try to read this with fresh eyes, ears, and hearts. Think of the invitation as speaking to the private and the public sphere of life.
1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.