5 Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands;
lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.
6 Sing to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the voice of song.
I’ve always loved stringed instruments. I especially enjoy playing the harp, partly because it has such a long and varied history behind it, as we see in today’s reading, and partly because listening to the harp often “transports” me to a different place.
But, in addition, the joyful text of Psalm 98 brings “Morning Has Broken” to my mind. As a child of the 70’s, I knew it as a Cat Stevens song. Later, when I joined The Episcopal Church, I was surprised to learn that it is actually a traditional hymn. Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam is still singing the song all these years later. (You can find him here, leading an enthusiastic crowd in Chile.) Just think about it: a British pop star takes a traditional Anglican hymn, and makes it a chart-topping hit in America. Then, the pop star becomes a Muslim, and continues to bring it to diverse groups in far-flung places.
It’s a small world, after all…