O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.
The Lord has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is: “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.” When I sing, it is a noise, but when I see I feel more connected to God and freed from anxiety and worry more than doing many other things. When I read Scripture or study Scripture or prepare sermons, I like to listen to music. I love music even though I may not be a musical person myself, because it moves me in a way and connects me to something deeper than myself. It connects me to God. Think of some of the ways that you connect with God. I used to connect with God when I was younger through dance. I moved, and in movement, I sought to praise God. What ways do you connect with God? How can you reconnect to God through different spiritual practices?
God of all nations and peoples,
your Son commanded his disciples
to preach and heal throughout the world.
Grant us, by the power of the Holy Spirit,
the zeal to proclaim the good news of peace and justice,
and gather all humanity into life with you. Amen.
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