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God Deserving of Universal Praise

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!” (Psalm 100:1)

“What the singers undertake has to do with the world, and should their horizon be at all foreshortened, the happening would immediately decay into something else. Against all practicality or human expectation of being heard, they summon mankind … nor do they measure their words against their only resources and possibilities. No, they look to him who is he focus of what they undertake and shout ‘all the earth’ because no lesser assembly can be contemplated where he is concerned. What they gather to do must always be set in the midst of the world, or it is surrender of truth ad future from the start.”
-James L. Mays, “Worship, World, and Power: An Interpretation of Psalm 100″, Interpretation 23.3 (July 1969): 320.

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