I just love Psalm 100. The writer is showing the joy and excitement that there is in worship and sacrifices of praise to God. In the Biblical days, it would be a thrill to go to the synagogue, temple, or tabernacle. These places represented God's presence among the people. It must have been exciting to "come before his presence with singing".
How often do we have the same joy and excitement when we come together for our worship service? Do we have an attitude of joy as we join in fellowship with God, his son, Jesus, and with each other? Do we sing with joyful songs or do we grumble at the music on Sunday? Do we enter the doors with thanksgiving or do we sneak in at the last minute and bolt out the door as soon as we can? Do we look at church with true worship and praise or do we just think we are fulfilling our obligation to be here?
I challenge you this week to "Shout for Joy to the Lord!" See God as our shepherd and creator who is worthy of our time, talents, and treasures. Let's enter the doors with thanksgiving and into the sanctuary with praise for all that God has done for us through the blood and sacrifice of the perfect lamb, Jesus Christ.
Let me give you one more challenge. I challenge you to invite your friends to join us in fellowship, worship and service. If they see the joy and excitement in you than I am sure they will want to experience it too.
Prayer Thought: Dear God Almighty, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and praise. Forgive me of the times that I have begrudgingly come to church. How could I ever think that I was doing you a favor by my presence? You have provide your love, grace, provision, protection, and your guidance. You are my God. I shout for joy at the thought of being able to be near you in fellowship. I pray this in the name of Jesus, my mediator and my savior forever, Amen.