Posted March 03, 2014
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.
We’ll be memorizing Psalm 100 over the next 2 weeks (it’s only 5 verses long)! Spurgeon commented that this psalm is “all ablaze with grateful adoration, and has for this reason been a great favourite with the people of God ever since it was written. ‘Let us sing the Old Hundredth’ is one of the every-day expressions of the Christian church, and will be so while men, exist whose hearts are loyal to the Great King.” In verses 1-2 we are called to respond to God, while in verses 3-4 we learn of the cause for the response.
Right out the gate, the psalmist calls for a joyful noise to be made unto God. The psalmist’s call is not merely a small tribe or group of people, but has the earth in view! No one is excluded. Not only is there a global call, but the psalmist qualifies this call by using the word joyful. The sort of noise we make matters… It’s not one of sadness, but one of joy. The word used here refers to a glad shout made in the presence of a king. The whole earth has a singular Almighty King who’s not only worthy but also good to His people. He’s no tyrant, but rather a joyful Ruler who invites us into His joy!
Glad Service & Singing
Here the earth is called to serve the Lord with gladness. Again, the way we do something matters. God is not after heartless obedience, but is after hearts and lives who delight in Him. Isaac Watts said, “The Lord has no regard for outward forms of worship if there be no inward adoration, if no devout affection be employed therein.” Not only are we to serve Him, but also sing to Him. Our glad service plays into our singing, and our singing plays into our glad service. No part of life is divorced from this worship of God! He is worthy.
Who God is
The psalmist calls us to know that the Lord is God. This knowing is a foundational knowing. It’s not merely an intellectual theory, but rather an intimate life-altering knowing. God has a name! He hasn’t left us in the dark, but has revealed Himself to us… He is Yahweh, the Lord. He is also the God who made us; He is Creator. We did not create ourselves, but He did. Our first breath, current breath, and last breath all rely on Him.
Who we are in Him
The amazing thing is that this powerful Creator God who has a name mercifully associates with us; He calls us His own. One of the greatest lies that has permeated our prideful hearts is that we are our own masters. Our culture tells us, “Do whatever makes you happy!” The truth is we are not masters of our fate or captains of our souls; only God is. We only discover true happiness when we are living it in right relationship with God and others. We were created by a God who gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have everlasting life. These who believe in Him, He calls His people and His sheep.
In response to this God and who we are in Him, how could we not make a joyful noise? How could we not serve Him with gladness or come into His presence with singing?
Song by Chris & Emery Clark.
Production by Chris Clark. Artwork by RAWR (http://www.kidsgorawr.com/).