This Sunday we will study Psalm 100 @ jesus-place.org so today and tomorrow we will focus our attention on that psalm. I wanted us to listen to an A Cappella version of Shout to the Lord but this one is too good to pass up. Considering it is secular television, they did pretty well singing a Christian hymn that included everything except the name of Jesus – too bad about that but people got the idea. Also, look also at the video in the background of third world country blessings from the Christian community.
Read the five little verses of Psalm 100. How dare we think the LORD has an interest in our praise to Him! Does the LORD really want us to worship and serve Him, considering how holy He is and how sinful we are at times? We’re supposed to sing songs to the awesome LORD? I mean, who deserves to enter the LORD’s gates and come before Him? And we are to bless the LORD??? WOW! That’s pretty presumptuous isn’t it? Kind of audacious!
Read the five little verses of Psalm 100 again. Well pilgrims (I Peter 1:1), guess what? The answer to the challenging questions above is a resounding “YES”! It’s because we are the LORD’s people. He made us His people so we belong to Him. He made us His people through His mercy and grace because He is a compassionate, patient, kind, and forgiving God who saves us through His love and grace. There is no other like Him. There are no gods like the LORD. There are no other people like the LORD. He is in a category all be Himself. He is the LORD of the covenant who loves to save those who humble themselves before Him.
Read the five little verses of Psalm 100 again. Let’s take advantage of the great gift of an intimate relationship with the LORD that is made possible through the loving sacrifice of the LORD Jesus Christ on the cruel cross of Calvary. Let’s shout with joy and sing songs of praise because Jesus Christ rose from the grave 2,000 years ago and is alive forevermore as He sits at the right hand of God. We can enter into fellowship with the LORD now and we will enter into His eternal gates of glory when Jesus comes to take us home so that we will no longer be pilgrims and sojourners – we will arrive at our home in heaven.
Read the five little verses of Psalm 100 one more time and then listen to Shout to the Lord. Then shout to the LORD!
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with jubilation;
Come before Him with rejoicing.
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
And His courtyards with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting
And His faithfulness is to all generations.