Summer Daily Devotional - Psalm 100
Don't Lose Sight
A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 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.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
A couple of weeks ago, I needed to get above the noise. I needed a fresh perspective and a higher viewpoint. So I took a drive on a Saturday afternoon. I had heard about Sugarloaf peak and lookout but had never been up there. So I headed out.
It didn’t disappoint.
Breathtaking 360-degree sweeping views. Lake Wenatchee in the distance and miles and miles of mountains and valleys and forest. Shades and grades of color under the expansive blue sky with streaks of white clouds.
It had a refreshing effect on me mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
And I can assure you, I’ll be going back.
The view acted like a palate cleanser. Washing away much of the sour taste of stress and pulling my attention back to the truth of a much bigger God.
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.” The scenery almost pulled this proclamation out of my heart and mouth.
It reminded me of Psalm 100.
Is it possible to experience joy these days?? To be filled with praise? It can seem elusive in such disrupting and unsettling times.
Psalm 100 clearly exhorts us to bring joyful praise to God, and it’s just what the doctor ordered.
It’s good and right to be reminded that there is a loving and faithful and praise-worthy God above the drama of earth.
Expressing praise in the midst of pain is powerful. It cleanses the mind and heart. It catapults your perspective to an absolute reality that is unchanging, GOD. IS. WORTHY.
He’s large and in charge. He’s victorious! He’s all-powerful! He made us! We’re His! He’s watching over us and taking care of us! He’s faithful!
And He’s worthy of praise right now.
Any time, all the time, every time. Anywhere, everywhere.
Whether on Sugarloaf peak or down in the valley.
That truth and that perspective are needed, especially in times like these.
Psalm 100 is a Psalm of joyful praise. It’s often read, sung, and referenced in the corporate gathering of Christians.
Ever hear a pastor or worship leader say, “let’s enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise?” That’s Psalm 100.
It’s the attitude of every mature Christian I know.
Underneath the struggle, the grind, the trials… there’s a river of gratitude and praise to God. And when we get together to worship the Lord, it’s so good to let it out.
Remember friends: the character and worth of God transcends the circumstances of your life. HE. IS. WORTHY.
Not only is joyful praise available to the people of God today… but it’s actually commanded. And for our own good. It’s refreshing. Because it’s true. And that’s exactly what you and I probably need right about now.
Don’t lose sight this week friends, and make sure to continue to prioritize the corporate gathering and worship of the church. And when we gather, get ready to shout! Let’s come into his gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.
“For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.”