Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations. (Psalm 100:1-5)
This was one of the first passages of Scripture that I learned in my early days. To this day, it evokes a heart of praise and worship that stirs me and causes me to anticipate the day when we will all acknowledge that Christ is Lord!
Note the action/descriptive words in this psalm: joyful noise (shout), serve, gladness, singing, know, enter into, thanksgiving, praise, and bless. Now all those words describe in some way the blessing of worship. When we know, understand, meditate upon, and acknowledge that . . .
- The Lord, He is God,
- God made us; we did not,
- We are God’s people, children,
- We are the sheep of His pasture; what a Shepherd (Psalm 23),
- The Lord is good,
- The Lord’s mercy is everlasting,
- The Lord’s truth endures to all generations . . .
what better response to these absolutes than worship? Give Him praise! Shout and serve Him! Enter into worship corporately with other born again believers! Bless His holy name! Sing joyfully to the Lord!
Enter into your family supper gathering, visiting with friends, corporate worship, small group Sunday School class, or car on the way to work or school with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise! Respond to Who God is by every praise, every word of worship, giving Him the glory due to His name!! Give Him praise today!!