Responsive Call to Worship from Psalm 118

Exhortation:

Our call to worship today is from Psalm 118, but before we read it, allow me to provide some context.

Verse 22 (which we’ll read responsively) says “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.”

King David had been rejected by those in authority, but in spite of that rejection, God elevated him as King over Israel. And this is the way that God often works – He takes what is rejected by the world as the instrument to accomplish His purpose so that all will see that this is His work. But beyond David, this Psalm points to David’s greater son – Jesus, who was rejected by the Jewish scribes, priests, Pharisees, and Herod all rejected him and sentenced him to death. But God raised Jesus from the dead, making him the living stone, the cornerstone, and head of the church.

This is the Lord’s work. This is His doing. Let us rejoice and be glad in the resurrection of Jesus, by which the Lord has become our salvation. Let’s read from Psalm 118 responsively.

Call to Worship from Psalm 118

Leader: Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
ALL: for his steadfast love endures forever!

Leader: The LORD is my strength and my song;
ALL: he has become my salvation.

Leader: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
ALL: This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

Leader: This is the day that the LORD has made;
ALL: let us rejoice and be glad in it.

(Psalm 118:1, 14, 22–24 ESV)