When David wrote in the 23rd Psalm, the Good Shepherd gives us rest in green pastures, He leads us beside still waters, he was remembering that sheep are easily frightened and stressed by turbulence, chaos, frothy confusion. What restores the sheep and calms them is still waters. We take a break from the rapids and the dangerous falls, in worship. Having rested in, and fed upon, God’s Word (“green pastures”), we respond with thanks and praise. Our words and songs of praise give public witness to our confidence in God’s promises. Our gatherings enable us to demonstrate our love and support for one another. In corporate worship we experience community, the shared encouraging experience of trusting our loving Shepherd in the midst of our flock.
The music we use is chosen because it does more than entertain or create an emotional atmosphere. The verses of hymns ancient and modern teach deep truths, and tell a vital story. Much of our liturgy is taken directly from the Bible; we are speaking (or singing) God’s Word back to Him, and to each other. This goes right back to the first century, when believers were told to let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God (Colossians 3:16).
Green pastures, Still waters; He restores our soul!