At the start of the new year, I began a new series with the music that we sing in the youth and the college groups at my church. Each week we read corporately Psalm 100 and then sing through the themes of the Psalm.
I have noticed that as we read each week I hear more and more voices reading the Psalm out loud. There is something very important and edifying about reading corporately the Word of God. While it seems a little strange to some, many of the students are coming around to it. I must say, what an awful state we must be in if it is awkward to read the scriptures out loud. I plead with you, DO NOT FORSAKE this blessing of the corporate reading of the Holy Word of God.
Each week we also build the set of songs we sing in worship off each new theme we come to in Psalm 100. So far we have sung through the following themes:
1) Psalm 100:1 – The Kingship of Christ
Glory To – Doug Plank © 2003 Sovereign Grace Worship
Immortal, Invisible – Laura Story & Ed Cash © 2008 New Spring/Gleaning Publishing/Alletrop Music
Behold Our God – Jordan Kauflin © 2008 Sovereign Grace Praise
2)Psalm 100:2 – Our Service & Singing to the Lord
Glory to God, Forever – Steve Fee & Vicki Beeching © 2009 Ino/Columbia
Immortal, Invisible – (see above)
I Surrender All – Judson Van DeVenter Public Domain
3) Psalm 100:3a&b – The Lord is God & Our Creator
O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing – Charles Wesley, Arr. David Crowder © 2007 Sparrow Records/sixstepsrecords
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty – Joachim Neander Public Domain
All Creatures of Our God & King – Francis of Assisi/Peter von Brachel/Arr. Team Strike Force (CC) 2007
So far this has been a blessing through the reading and singing of Psalm 100. I look forward to the weeks ahead as we continue in Psalm 100. All glory to God.