Psalm 100 states, "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."
Most of this psalm encourages us to worship God in various ways. We are exhorted to shout to the Lord with joy, serve the Lord with gladness, sing in His presence, be thankful, and bless the Lord. As I think of each one of us, I realize that we are all at different stages in our lives. Some of us are on a high mountain right now and are feeling like it is very easy to rejoice and worship God. Others are in a deep valley wondering how we can worship with the kind of joy spoken of in this psalm. Some of us may be stagnant in our walk wondering where this joy we once had has gone for the last week, month, or year.
So, how can we all come to this place to be able to worship our God in the way He desires and deserves to be worshiped? The answer also lies in this psalm. It is my belief that each one of us CAN worship in this way if we can "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... For the Lord is good...." If we can be content to be HIS, then there is so much joy to be found...even in the midst of hard times. Remember that we are not in control of the way we look, the "what" we have, the talents we enjoy, or the trials we experience. He made us just the way we are!
When we embrace the way He made us and realize it is for His purposes, then the result that will bubble up in our hearts is JOYFUL WORSHIP! Think back on the past week. Have you worshiped the Lord with this kind of joy? If not, why not? Maybe you are doubting His goodness or His love for you. The Bible proclaims that the Lord is good! If we sincerely believe this, then how can we be anything BUT thankful? This day let us rejoice that we are His! "For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations."