Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
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.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
“So the call to worship is at the same time a summons to assemble as the realm of the Lord. The assembly can be called religious because its focus is god; but its symbols and rituals come from political life. So the assembly convenes to recognize the power to whom they entrust and submit their lives. Worship means opting for one ‘power structure’ as decisive. It is, therefore, the most significant social action that people can take…In Roman times the early Christians said, ‘Jesus is lord,’ in their worship in an empire that required people to say ‘Caesar is lord,’ and they paid for the choice. Because worship is the direction of trust and obedience to a power whose will and way make a difference in life, it is always an activity with political consequences. If it makes no difference in the way those who worship set themselves in relation to other powers, it is not the worship that Psalm 100 inaugurates.” (Taken from James L. Mays commentary on the Psalms in the Interpretation series.)