June 15. Psalm 100
Such a simple psalm. Only five verses. However, Such Verses!! What a call to worship and adore. I love this psalm. Let’s unpack its message verse by verse and apply it to our daily lives.
Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! When was the last time you got LOUD with your praise? Perhaps that’s not your style. That’s okay. However, I love the passion in this verse. We should be filled to the top and overflowing with HUGE JOY that we have a God who gave us life and who loves us. It’s okay to shout with joy, y’all. 😊 Maybe we should do a little dance while we are at it. Our God is not a solemn stickler for quiet, although there is certainly a time to be silent before Him. Evidently, according to Psalm 100:1, there’s also a time to be LOUD.
Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. I could spend a long time listing the reasons we worship the Lord with gladness and joy: forgiveness of sins, fresh new starts, a love that is everlasting, a God who counts the very hairs on our heads because He is that interested in us …
Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. We are to actively proclaim that our God IS God – the God of Heaven and earth. We need to out-loud speak that as we pray sometimes, along with a humble acknowledgement of Who is the Shepherd. Hint: Not Us. We are sheep, in need of guidance.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. We are called in verse 4 to not only praise God for Who He is, but also offer thanksgiving for all He has done for us and given to us. Do I thank God enough for all the everyday blessings? I need to do this more.
For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. I could spend a long time meditating on this. God is good, even if the world right now is not. We who know Him and who have asked Him to be our Savior, get to be loved … forever. As a grandmother now, this last part reverberates with me. I can pray for my grands and their grandchildren, should the Lord tarry, that they would also come to know Him, for His faithfulness continues to all generations.
My verse: Psalm 100:3 “Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”
My response: Such profound words. The truth is, Lord, that You made us. Rightfully, we are Yours. You are the shepherd and we’re the sheep. That’s the reality. Once we accept that this is true and acknowledge who is rightfully in charge … all else falls into place and there is JOY!