Psalm 100 (ESV): “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name! For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations”.
Life is full of high highs and low lows. We may be happy and celebrating a new life, a big promotion or job opportunity, a new car or house, a miracle, or the thrill of love and joy. Alternatively, we could be facing physical or emotional pain, sickness, loss, frustration, worries or even crippling anxiety…
May our first response in everything be to worship God?
Let us be determined this week to:
WORSHIP GOD in all we do, as an expression of our BELIEF in the TRUTHS we KNOW about Him. Psalm 100 – a psalm of thanksgiving – points us to a number of truths about who our amazing Heavenly Father is: 1) He is God (v3) – the only living and true God, the beginning and the end, the infinitely perfect, self-existent and self-sufficient One, the great I AM. 2) He is the CREATOR of all things (v3) – and the fountain of all being, which reminds us that we belong to Him. What an immense blessing to be called His children once we have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour over our lives. 3) He cares about and provides for us (v3) – He is our good, good shepherd – leading and guiding us according to His will and purpose. 4) He is good (v5) – He has our best interest at heart, ALWAYS. 5) He is LOVE (v5) – His steadfast, never-ending kindness and mercy will never run dry. 6) He is faithful (v5) – His truth endures to all generations and His promises are forever. Let us apply our knowledge of who God is, to stir our emotions and feelings (affecting the condition of our hearts), so that our natural response (action) is to devote our lives to WORSHIPPING God in each and every aspect of our lives.
Be mindful that the condition of our hearts determines our emotions and ultimately our actions. Psalm 100 is a great reminder that we cannot worship our Lord without the experience of joy and gladness in our hearts. The condition of our hearts influences the way we worship Him. Let’s worship our Lord by consecrating all of our affection, feelings and actions, to serving Him with gladness in all we do (v2); by lifting our voices in joyful singing (v2); through thanksgiving and having a grateful heart for everything in our lives (v4); by praising Him (v4); and by blessing His Holy name in and through everything we do (v4)!
Father, may our first response in every life situation be to worship You! Take our lives and let them be, Lord, devoted to worshipping You. Take our moments and our days, let them overflow with endless praise. Take the work of our hands, to bring You glory by serving You and others with gladness. Take our voices and let us sing – always, only, for You our King! Take our words and messages to bring thanksgiving to You – our God, the Creator of the universe, our Shepherd, our good, good Father, the One that will never leave or forsake us, the One Whose love endures forever and who is faithful always! We bless Your holy name.
(Prayer partially based on Hymn: Take my life and let it be by Frances Ridley Havergal (1874))
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(Reference: John Piper, DesiringGod – https://www.desiringgod.org/scripture/psalms/100/labs)