FAMILIAR WORDS
God is the King of all the earth;
sing to him a psalm of praise.
- Psalm 47:7

Many years ago I discovered that choirs I directed really looked forward to rehearsals when we didn't introduce any new music or spend any time being "nit-picky" about notes and rhythms and phrasing. We just sang.

The same is true from a worship leader's standpoint. Often those in our gatherings really appreciate the chance to sing what's familiar and well-loved. Not having to learn anything new, they open up like a wellspring from a heart overflowing from many honest and real experiences with their trustworthy God.

That's sort of how I view Psalm 47. Its themes are well-known, often repeated. It's familiar ground to us. Yet it has an excitement and fervor that's  barely containable. Maybe that's why it was apparently used in ancient Jewish worship, most likely during the Feast of Tabernacles. And perhaps that's why it was later used in the liturgy surrounding the Jewish New Year festival, Rosh Hashanah.

After all, an affirmation and acclamation of God, "the great King over all the earth," would do us all some good. We know the words and the tune; they're written on our hearts.

What are we waiting on?