A Season of Psalms - Psalm 100
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
In his book Worship: Rediscovering the Missing Jewel, my former seminary professor Gordon Borror said “worship is a state of the heart, not a state of the art.” His point is this: genuine, heartfelt worship comes from the condition of the heart, not from technological enhancement. We worship God, not gadgets. In a church culture saturated with electronics and gadgets, top-of-the-line lighting and sound production, special effects and light shows, our attention deviates from the Creator to the created. Don’t get me wrong, there’s absolutely a place for art in worship. We see God in and through the art…but light shows should never replace the Light of the World.
Psalm 100 is a hymn that calls on the whole earth to gather at the sanctuary to offer pure, heartfelt praise to God, our Creator and Shepherd. All the earth is to come with gladness, to enter into His presence with singing. Our praise arises from the knowledge that He is the One who created us, and even now shepherds and sustains us. We’ll enter His temple with thanksgiving and bless His holy name, for this we know of His goodness and His steadfast love: they endure forever, and His faithfulness is made known to all generations.
The prophet Micah looked forward to the day when the nations will indeed come into God’s presence with praise: “In the last day, the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it” (Micah 4:1). With heaven on our hearts and love on our lips, let’s march upward and onward to Zion, the beautiful city of God!
Further Reading: John 4:20-26; Ezra 8:1-12
Pray with me:
Father, we come into Your presence today with thanksgiving in our hearts, our glad voices raised. We give glory, honor, and power unto You. This is our prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.