Our call to worship this week comes to us from Psalm 22:25-31.
From You comes my praise in the great assembly; I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him. The afflicted will eat and be satisfied; Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, And all the families of the nations will worship before You. For the kingdom is the Lord ’s And He rules over the nations. All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship, All those who go down to the dust will bow before Him, Even he who cannot keep his soul alive. Posterity will serve Him; It will be told of the Lord to the coming generation. They will come and will declare His righteousness To a people who will be born, that He has performed it.
You might not remember that this psalm opens “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” What sounds like despair at the beginning has become confidence and joy at the end. The psalmist reminds us that on our own we are weak but the Lord is mighty and merciful.
We are told that “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, And all the families of the nations will worship before You” (v. 27). This is hope for everyone, everywhere, not merely a select few. God is ready and waiting for us to renew our relationship.
There is an important responsibility for us given here: “Posterity will serve Him; It will be told of the Lord to the coming generation” (v. 30). We are charged with sharing His love and truth with those who haven’t heard. We accept a connection with God in order to connect the world to Him.
Gracious God, our faith is in You, and without You we are lost. Keep us close to You and make us the voice of invitation to all Your people. Amen.