Day 16: Psalm 100
This Psalm is simply a Psalm of thanksgiving. It is an invitation for all the earth to celebrate the goodness of God. The author of this Psalm gives a declaration of how and why we should give our thanks to God.
There are moments when we feel less than thankful. We may be having a bad day, have cancelled plans due to lockdowns and restrictions or we may simply be feeling lost in our circumstances. But let’s change our perspective! Let us not focus on what we don’t have and what has gone wrong but all that our creator has done and is going to still do through our current situations.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing.
These verses show us how we should give thanks. Make noise, serve and sing!
How beautiful it is that we can show God our thanks this way. Let’s make a noise. Another translation says ‘shout’ so let our praise and thanks be heard. To make a noise is to make something known publicly. Whilst it is important to be vocal with thanks and praise, a ‘noise’ of His goodness can also be made through loving others the way in which He first loved us. Or in an act of service that reflects Jesus’ servant heart. So why don’t we make our lives a joyful noise so that no one could see our lives and not see Jesus.
This Psalm also shows us how important it is to not just sing and serve but to do it with gladness. We don’t have to serve, we get to. It is our privilege to be in His presence, to serve His purposes and to joyfully sing His praise. When we have an awareness of who our creator is, we realise there is no greater privilege than to be in His presence and be his chosen people.
For the Lord is God; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.
Why would we not want to give thanks knowing this truth about God. We can be thankful despite our circumstance knowing that although they may change, His love is steadfast (firm and unwavering). It endures forever.
When you start thanking God for all He has done you will see your perspective change. Note the power of your words. When the words you speak are of thanks and praise you will start noticing all the good in your current situation and all the purposes God has for you in this season.