I was reminded again this week that worship is so important in our walk with the Lord! Psalm 100 may be only short, but it’s packed with wonderful insights into the nature of worship and its benefits. Verse one exhorts: ‘Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth!’ In other words, make it loud and joyful! Verse two adds ‘gladness’ to the party and includes a sense of ‘coming before Him’.
True worship feeds off our determination to seek after His presence, pursuing and desiring it above anything else. When we renew our sense of His lordship and remind ourselves that ‘we are His’ (verse three), we cannot help but feel a sense of wonder, belonging and connection.
Verse four tells us to ‘enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise’. We are urged to go in; we are not forbidden! Through Christ we have access to all areas and verse five gives just a fleeting glimpse of why we should worship: ‘For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.’
Celebration is the way we demonstrate our gratitude and adoration towards our matchless creator. It’s always been that way for God’s people, and being passive towards the one who passionately gave His son for us definitely doesn’t make sense! It’s time to ‘enter in’ and, in the words of Jesus, ‘Worship the Father in spirit and truth.’ (John 4:23)