Psalm 100:1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
This psalm is wonderful due to its simplicity and its focus. Worship the Lord! Why? Because He is good and His love endures forever. And his faithfulness continues through all generations. Hallelujah! He never leaves us nor forsakes us. As Jesus said He is with us unto the ends of the earth. (Matthew 28:20)
We often complicate our relationship with the Lord. We start in simplicity that the Lord is amazing and He’ll do anything I ask. We move to learning the “right way” to ask or relate to Him and it becomes more and more work and more and more confusing. It’s like working with some operating systems for computers. If you jump around too much, clicking too many pages or trying to stop it loading before the system has finished what it started, it jams. The solution is often to reboot the computer. Some times we get so much information on how to relate to the Lord that our system gets jammed and our faith is frozen. Praise is the reboot we need. Focusing on His love, His goodness, and His faithfulness releases praise, which arises flowing out of our mouth and filling our hearts with faith.
We met a missionary in Jericho who said she keeps her message to the people simple. “Great big God, itty bitty devil!” With that focus in mind praise is spontaneous, genuine and refreshing. God responds to our praises. Psalm 22:3 says He is enthroned on our praises. He dwells in the midst of our praises. Praise goes up to Him like the incense upon the altar of incense. It fills the temple with its presence.
If it fills His presence it also fills us. Colossians 2 says that all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Jesus and Jesus dwells in us – in our heart.
Prayer: “ Lord, I praise you. I give you a sacrifice of praise through the fruit of my lips that confess Your name. Amen.”