Psalm 100

Psalm 100 is five short verses about getting into the game.  It isn’t a spectator passage as the writer gives us a set of very direct things to put into action in our life:

  1. Make a joyful noise (worship)
  2. Serve
  3. Come into His presence
  4. Know that He is God
  5. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and praise
  6. Give thanks
  7. Bless His name

Far too often we view our relationship with God as passive.  We go to church and sit in the pew waiting to be entertained.  A relationship with God is alive and active and requires us to get involved and off the bench.  We have to participate and join Him.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth”!  We may not be able to sing, but we can all make a joyful noise.  It doesn’t say ‘sit on your hands and watch’.  We are to let people know that we serve the God of Creation and the universe.  He goes on to say “Come into his presence with singing”!  The psalms are full of verses that tell us to sing to the Lord.  He is worthy, even if we think we can’t sing.  It is a way of showing our love and enter His presence.  That is really the key – to come near Him and connect.  Music and singing and a joyful noise can help us do that.

The writer is clear that we are to do something.  “Serve the Lord with gladness”!  Being a Christ Follower is not a spectator sport.  We have to get out of the pew and do something.  And that something begins with serving others.  God has a plan for us to do good for others.  He wants us serving people and loving them.  We are also told to “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise”!  Being with Him and with others who are following Him is not a suggestion, it’s a directive.  We have to get up and move to where His people are.

But along with doing things, we also have to spend time simply with Him.  “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…..Give thanks to him; bless his name”!  We are to know God.  The relationship should not be distant, but very up close and personal.  We are His, and He desires that we know Him as intimately as He knows us.  That means we must spend time with Him and have our focus on Him, not ourselves.  It begins with an attitude of thankfulness and blessing.  God wants us to be His in a deep and intimate way!

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