Initiating worship change can be painful and at times even devastating. It can be just as devastating, however, when a congregation is hesitant to make those needed changes even when it is obvious they are necessary for their future. The fear of pain associated with change is never a good reason not to initiate it.
Churches and their leaders rarely go through worship transitions unscathed. But scripture offers hope in the Psalms that can serve as a balm when you reach the other side of those changes.
I didn’t die. I lived!
And now I’m telling the world what God did.
God tested me, he pushed me hard,
but he didn’t hand me over to Death.
Swing wide the city gates – the righteous gates!
I’ll walk right through and thank God!
This temple Gate belongs to God,
so the victors can enter and praise.
Good people, cheer God!
Right-living people sound best when praising.
Use guitars to reinforce your Hallelujahs!
Play his praise on a grand piano!
Invent your own new song to him;
give him a trumpet fanfare.
For God’s Word is solid to the core;
everything he makes is sound inside and out.
He loves it when everything fits,
when his world is in plumb-line true.
Earth is drenched in God’s affectionate satisfaction.
You did it:
you changed wild lament into whirling dance;
You ripped off my black mourning band
and decked me with wildflowers.
I’m about to burst with song;
I can’t keep quiet about you.
God, my God,
I can’t thank you enough.
Once again I’ll go over what God has done,
lay out on the table the ancient wonders;
I’ll ponder all the things you’ve accomplished,
and give a long, loving look at your acts.
O God! Your way is holy!
No god is great like God!
You’re the God who makes things happen;
you showed everyone what you can do.
Everything in me says “Thank you!”
Angels listen as I sing my thanks.
I kneel in worship facing your holy temple
and say it again: “Thank you!”
Thank you for your love,
thank you for your faithfulness;
Most holy is your name,
most holy is your Word.
The moment I called out, you stepped in;
you made my life large with strength.
When they hear what you have to say, God,
all earth’s kings will say “Thank you.”
They’ll sing of what you’ve done:
“How great the glory of God!”
And here’s why: God, high above, sees far below;
no matter the distance, he knows everything about us.
 All of these Psalms are taken from Eugene H. Peterson, THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2002).