O come, loud anthems let us sing,
Loud thanks to our almighty king;
For we our voices high should raise,
When our salvation’s rock we praise.
Into His presence let us haste,
To thank Him for His favors past;
To Him address, in joyful songs,
The praise that to His name belongs.
The depths of earth are in His hand,
Her secret wealth at His command;
The strength of hills that reach the skies,
Subjected to His empire lies.
O let us to His courts repair,
And bow with adoration there;
Down on our knees, devoutly all,
Before the Lord, our maker, fall.
Tate & Brady, 1698
Read Psalm 96:8-13
(When I was growing up, our Sunday morning services began with a choir song listed in the bulletin as the Call to Worship. This hymn certainly qualifies. Notice the call to come to God’s presence with haste. Like how the shepherds came to find the baby Jesus. I don’t necessarily picture us heading to church that way. Notice the two things we are encouraged to do once we are in His presence. We thank Him for what He has done in the past and give Him the praise He is due. How would Sundays change if we couldn’t wait to come into God’s presence to thank Him and praise His name? Maybe it starts this Sunday.)