“Worship the Lord with gladness!” Psalm 100:2a (NLT)
King David wrote,
“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” Psalm 122:1 (NLT)
Is that your attitude toward worship? Do you worship with gladness? God desires our hearts to be filled with His joy when we worship! In fact, Psalms 100 begins with joy. It says,
“Shout with JOY to the LORD, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before Him, singing with JOY!” (Vs. 1-2)
Genuine worship is the expression of unbridled joy as we encounter the God who made us, died to redeem us, and lives to transform us into the very image of His Son! Worship should be a celebration! But it’s so easy to take worship for granted and begin to just go through the motions or rituals of our tradition and lose our focus on God. We can even get distracted by serving and lose the joy of the one we serve! So, the Psalmist tells us in Psalm 100 that, when we come to worship, we should enter His gates with thanksgiving and go into His courts with praise.
Thanksgiving and praise! Imagine how charged with life and vitality our worship would be if we did that every weekend when we went to church! Thanksgiving and praise are the evidence of real joy! When we worship, we thank God for all He has done and is doing, and we praise God for all that He is! Thanksgiving gets us through the gates and, then, praise takes us into His very presence where there is fullness of joy! This Psalm provides a model of thanksgiving and praise in the final verses:
“Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation.” Psalm 100:4b-5 (NLT)
Thank God for His goodness. Praise Him for His unfailing love and faithfulness. God not only loves, He is love! We praise Him for who He is and thank Him for what He does. When we do, we experience the joy of worship! I can’t wait to experience that this weekend at church. Can you?
If you’re in the Houston area, I want to personally invite you to join us this Sunday for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Woodlands Church at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion at 10:30am. Doors open at 9am. Join us for a special service that will encourage and inspire your entire family as we celebrate all that God has done. One church, one weekend, one service!
Learn more about our 25th Anniversary Celebration service!