Posted by: Larry Hoekman | June 20, 2016

Great Chapters in the Bible — Psalm 100

Day 2398: Reposting some good ones while unavailable!

Scripture:  I am to join with the whole earth and make a joyful noise unto the Lord!  I should worship and serve Him with gladness, and come into His presence with joyful singing.  Psalm 100:1,2

Thoughts/questions:  Some Bible versions say ‘shout to the Lord,’ but I retained‘make a joyful noise’ because of my limited singing ability.  My singing ‘noise’ is joyful to me, but maybe not so pleasant for the people around me.  I have even joked that in heaven, it will be easier for God to change the listeners’ hearing and to make them hear beautiful singing than to change my voice!

But this verse is not only for heaven – it is primarily for right here, right now! The joyful noise can be singing, but in Hebrew it is more of a shout.  Muslims chant – God is Great (Allah Akbar) and Christ followers do ???  We don’t have a repetitive phrase, which can be good or bad.  Bad because we may not do anything, good because it won’t become a trite phrase meaning nothing to us.  So, what expression of faith are you using regularly?  Songs, joyful noises, quiet whispers, gently thoughts – we have options and freedom in Christ, BUT we need to join the whole earth and daily bring some form of expression of praise to our awesome Lord!!!

What causes a person to want to make a joyful noise unto the Lord, to worship and serve Him with gladness, and to come into His presence with joyful singing?  The whole earthdoes it so many ways – starry nights, praise of a bird, flutter of a butterfly, sunsets, sunrises, clouds, spring, snowflakes, trees stretching skyward, and so much MORE!!!  Why?  Because Creator God ‘put Himself within nature,’ and they are a reflection of all that He is!  AND, when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, He ‘puts Himself within us,’ BUT He gives us choice – and when we choose to respond to Him in praise with gladness and joy, we too reflect all that He is!  Let’s start/continue to join the whole earth every day!!!

Suggested prayer:  Lord, let my gladness and joy overflow in praise to You . . .

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