This morning as I was praying about this week’s service and preparing my heart for worship, the Lord brought this passage to mind.
“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” Psalm 100
And as I read that passage I was reminded of how we often make worshiping and serving God about us.
Here’s what I mean by that. There may be times when we don’t feel like we can … “make a joyful shout” … “serve with gladness” … “come before His presence with singing” … or … “enter into His courts with praise”.
It might be during times of discouragement, disappointment, frustration or pain. It might be due to our sinfulness or someone’s sinfulness against us. It might be that we are distracted by other things that are going on in our life.
All of these things are very real, but none of them are reason not to worship and serve the Lord. Those circumstances do not change who He is or the fact that He deserves our worship and service.
Within this passage we see numerous reasons to worship and serve Him. He is God, He is our Creator, He is our Shepherd, He is good, His mercy and truth are everlasting.
So, as we prepare to gather for worship this week, let’s focus on who He is. Let’s determine in our heart that we are going enter into His presence with praise and serve Him with gladness.
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday,