How hard it is to change! Our particular ways of doing things provide comfort, consistency and even security. Maybe we are more particular at work or home in our relationships, or at our places of worship. It’s easier to change when the “new” has some resemblance to the “old.”
Our psalm today begins with “O sing to the Lord a new song.” A new song! The new song is not about lyrics or tunes, but what follows is a declaration of all creation and nations rejoicing! The descriptions of what this rejoicing looks like are diverse. They include: people, earth, the heavens, the sea, the fields and all the trees of the forest. We are reminded that when things change, even to a point where things are no longer recognizable, God’s greatness is still at work. Like the Israelites, when doubts about God’s plan and the role of the Davidic kingship were raised, we are reminded that God’s rule is above all.
O God all of creation, fill us with your joy. When we turn away from giving praise, may your holy splendour move us to change. Strengthen us to turn away from our particular idols and trust in you who made the heavens and the earth. Amen. — MP