This past Lord’s Day we sang Psalm 100 as part of the worship service, and it hit me afresh what a wonderful psalm this is. It reveals so much of the character of our good God.
All people that on earth do dwell. That means everyone. No exceptions. He wants us all.
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice. No mumbling. We are singing to the Lord!
Him serve with mirth, His praise forth tell. Let’s hear some laughter, let’s serve the Lord with merriment. Let’s toast His attributes and clink our glasses in His name!
Come ye before Him and rejoice. Here’s a little repetition, and we need it. No kidding: God wants merry worshipers, happy singing, glad hearts, and jolly rejoicing in His presence by every last person on the planet.
Know that the Lord is God indeed; Without our aid He did us make; We are His folk, He doth us feed, and for His sheep He doth us take.
Here we have God’s profound mercy: He made us with no helpful suggestions from us. He calls us His folk; we are His relatives! And He cares for us like a shepherd looking after his dumb sheep, leading, feeding, protecting, and delighting over us. He likes us!
O enter then His gates with praise; Approach with joy His courts unto; Praise, laud, and bless His Name always, For it is seemly so to do. He calls to us to “come on in,” and as we get closer to His courts, our joy and anticipation are to overflow in praise and blessing.
For why! the Lord our God is good; His mercy is forever sure; His truth at all times firmly stood, And shall from age to age endure. And we are back where we started, with God’s solid goodness, His sure mercy, and His firm truth that will never end. That’s something to sing about!
In summary: God is good! We are to be His jolly people who worship His goodness with merriment, cheeriness, and high spirits. The mirth of our worship and service should run over and spill out until we are just sloshing around in the praise of God’s goodness.