Joy – Gladness – Thankfulness

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.              
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
  and his courts with praise!
  Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
  his steadfast love endures forever,
  and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 100 ESV

What a blessing to read. How often we forget, or simply ignore that He is for us. I love each verse here. Each one can either proceed or follow verse five, as a proclamation or a declaration of who He is and why we praise Him or why we should give Him adoration.

We need to remember to be joyful, serve, and be glad about the privilege of doing it. He is God and He loves us. He created us with a desire for us to know Him, and through knowing Him and through the revelation of who He is, to call out to Him with a heart of thankfulness. Through praise, thankfulness, and gladness we not only give Him our own personal worship, but we can bring glory and honor to Him by the way we live out our lives as a testimony to who He is to those we encounter each day.  We can never comprehend his steadfast love for us.  He is loyal, faithful, and committed to us even though we are undeserving. Because of His unwavering grace, love, and mercy; we should constantly pour ourselves out as an offering to Him.

We much too often forget, or unfortunately choose to live off of our feelings, instead of feeding off of the truth that has been revealed to us. This truth is given to us through His Word and brought to life in us by the Holy Spirit. If we feed ourselves on His truth we will give thanks, we will be joyful, and have a heart full of gladness for what has been implanted deep within us.

-Pastor Terry Huey


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