Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Singing His Praises
A Psalm of praise.
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:1-2)
This psalm is similar to many others, but it has been set to modern music. It again stresses the need to take time to thank God for the wonderful things he has done for us. All the earth has been blessed by his actions, and we ought to be thankful and enjoy those blessings. We should be singing with pleasure about what he has done.
“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.” (Psalm 100:3)
The first thing in living a life of joy or happiness is to recognize God as God. He is the creator of the world, but he is also the shepherd who cares for each of his individual sheep, taking care of their individual needs. He is not just the God who lives a way up there in heaven, but he cares about each of us.
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” (Psalm 100:4-5)
Knowing who the Lord is, we should not be afraid to follow him through a gate but should be excited and thanking him even when we don’t know where we are going because we know he is Good and everything he does will be good for us, as Romans 8:28-32 reminds us. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”
We have nothing to fear.