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Psalm 100 – Shout For Joy To The Lord

Updated: Feb 27, 2020

Andy Yung

Psalm 100:1-5 NIV

Vs. 1

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

The psalm started with a rousing “Shout for joy to the Lord”! It was not a subdued worship that the Psalmist called for.

Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown. (Leviticus 9:24 NIV)

The first time “shout for joy” was described in the Bible was in Leviticus 9:24, when the glory of God appear to the Israelites for the first time. The Psalmist could be recalling that precious and memorable moment, when the people were so inspired by the presence of God that they shouted in harmony.

What troubles us today that we cannot shout in joy to God? When our life on earth ends and we meet God our Maker, we will know how good it is to be with Him. Jesus died for our sins, and we will meet God because our sins were forgiven at the cross. The thought of being able to come into the presence of God should bring joy to our hearts, and bring out the ‘shout’ within us.

If we aren’t joyfully worshipping God, we should find out the reason why and make it possible. If the Bible calls us to shout for joy to the Lord, then we can do it and we should.

Vs. 2-3

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.

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.

Our worship should be conducted with “gladness”, and we should come before Him with joyful songs. How do we overcome the troubles we face daily? And how can we overcome our heavy hearts to bring joyful songs to Him? No one is immune from trouble, not even the powerful or the rich.

The knowledge that He made us, and that “we are His”, should give us the biggest assurance of His love. This joy should surpass all the temporary troubles that bother us. We get discouraged or depressed when we dwell into our troubles and afflictions instead of His love.

I am a worrier. I worry about the future, but looking back on my life, I see how God has blessed me and helped me to overcome all my past troubles. Is that the same for you too? I want to come before God’s presence and not let my worries cling onto me. I want to come before God with joyful songs and gladness.

Vs. 4-5

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.

For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.

The Psalmist called on the worshippers to enter God’s temple with thanksgiving and praise.

We, Christians, are God’s temple. God dwells in us. Do we believe that God is in us? If we do, give thanks to God and give praise for His name because it is an honour we don’t deserve.

The ‘names’ of God are not merely ways to address God, but reflects the characters and nature of God. Praising God for His sacrificial love is giving praise for His many names. How has God touched me? God forgave all my sins. He overlooked my weaknesses and gave me spiritual strength to pull through tough times. God has taken care of my daily needs and taught me His wisdom through His words. There are many other great characters of God we can praise Him for, “for the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”

We can decide to shout for joy and worship God in gladness.

Andy Yung

Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit. Andy joined the Central Christian Church in 1990.

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