Jubilee College of Music

Always Singing...Dr. Smoak

notes about music & worship

for JCM students, graduates, faculty

God is always inviting His people to come and worship Him.

That is a bold statement. You should ask the question: “Dr. Smoak, how do you know this?” I am glad you asked the question. It deserves a prompt answer. We know that God is always inviting His people to come and worship Him because the Bible says so. The invitation is found in Psalm 95, particularly in verses 1, 2, and 6. The key word is “come.”

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
Let us shout aloud to the Rock of our Salvation.

Let us
come before Him with thanksgiving
And extol Him with music and song.


Come, let us bow down in worship,
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

There is the invitation. The Psalmist uses the word “come” three times. The English dictionary defines the word come as a verb or action word meaning “to approach or move toward a particular person or place.” In worship we do move toward a Particular Person! His name is God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth. He has revealed Himself to us through His Son Jesus and His very Spirit, the Holy Spirit lives within us.

Speaking of verbs and action words, notice all of the action words in the verses above: sing, shout, extol, bow down, kneel. Yes, worship involves action. As JCM musicians we are thankful that one of the worship actions is music. Music is mentioned three times in these verses: sing, music, song. We are privileged to His musicians in the world today. We accept His invitation to come and worship Him.

We will sing for joy to the Lord.
We will shout aloud the Rock of our Salvation.
We will come before Him with thanksgiving.
We will extol Him with music and song.
We will bow down in worship.
We will kneel before the Lord our Maker.

Here we come!