Psalm 100:1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing. 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. 5 For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
There is an implied movement in this psalm, like a liturgy for worship – from making a joyful noise to the Lord outside, to entering the temple courts with praise, then coming into his actual presence. And what do we do in the presence of God? We give thanks, we give praise, we bless his name. Why? Because God “is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”
When I’m reading scripture most mornings I’m wondering how the word and my life intersect. How does it speak to me today? I take time to marinate in the verses and find a direction. But psalm 100 is a simple psalm of praise. Fridays are my Sabbath day so I’m going to embrace the spirit of this psalm and just worship God. No heavy thinking needed, just a spirit of gratitude and love for the One who has been so good to me. And to you.
Dear Lord, you are a great God. You are holy. You are worthy of all honor and praise. Give us grace to enjoin our spirits with your Spirit as we worship you. Amen.