~Psalm 100:1 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 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.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Psalm 100 is filled with instruction for the believer! I absolutely love how we are instructed on how to conduct ourselves and our spiritual life.
- Praise your Lord: The words from our mouths should be a joyful noise, not sounds that grate on people’s last nerve. I’m sure you’ve been around Christians who appear as though they have been sucking on lemons! Nothing is ever right for them. They are in a constant state of complaining. This is not becoming of a Christian. Why would the unsaved world want what the complainer has? I think of Matthew 5:13 when the Lord Jesus said we are the salt of the earth. Salt causes one to be thirsty and our testimony should cause the unsaved to thirst after what we have, which is salvation. Do you really think your complaining will cause the unsaved to thirst after what you have? What kind of testimony is a complaining spirit to your Saviour? Who would want Him after listening to you? Let’s rejoice! Let’s praise the Lord who saved us from burning for eternity in the Lake of Fire! Praise the Lord! Sing to Him hymns of praise and rejoice! Rejoice, Rejoice oh Christian, lift up your voice and sing! Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ, the King!!
- Serve your Lord: Everything we do should be a joy because we are His! Jesus told His disciples that if they gave a drink of water to someone who thirsted, it was as if they had given it to Him. If we did each of our tasks in our daily lives as though we were doing it for our Lord, wouldn’t our attitude be different?
- Acknowledge your Lord: We must remember who God is and it is He that created us! We can’t rule the Master – the sheep can’t lead the Shepherd! We must acknowledge that He is our Maker and He is our leader and we must follow. When we acknowledge this daily in our prayer life, it is easier to follow. It is when we try to do things on our own without His direction or His help that we find ourselves in trouble!
- Thank your Lord: Everywhere we go we should be ready to share what God has done for us! A grateful heart leaves no room for bitterness or discontent. A grateful heart is ever ready to praise the Lord for all that He has done. Some have to dig deep before they can find one tiny morsel of thankfulness! How sad is that? When the heart is thankful, the Lord is glorified!
- Embrace your Lord: As you meditate on the Lord’s attributes, you realize just how small you are and just how big He is. Our sinful nature is in need of His goodness and mercy! Praise the Lord that His truths endure to all generations! Praise the Lord that He loved us so much that He was willing to pay the price for our sins! Oh what great love! I know I can speak for many who say that once I enter Heaven’s gates, it will be His neck that I hug first thing so I can thank Him and praise Him for what He has done for me! For without His mercy, I would lost for eternity!
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.
He lives, He lives,
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives,
Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.