Sometimes I read the Bible for instruction. Do “x” to get “y.” I want to know the steps, the right actions to take, and the methods that make for a happy and God-pleasing life. Psalm 100 is not written for instruction. It’s a celebration. One that provokes shouting, singing, and gladness.
It occurs to me that when I am instructed to do things, I don’t shout for joy or sing out loud so that everyone can hear. Provoking those actions and emotions requires something more. It has to come from the heart. So, what did this Psalmist have in his heart that was so exciting?
First, he is excited about who God is. Verse 3 says it clearly, “Acknowledge that the Lord is God!” What does that mean to you? For me, it’s about His being in control. I don’t have to have all the answers or solutions to every problem. Those are all his to deal with!
Second, there is something about who we are in relation to him. The Psalmist gratefully remembers that He is our creator and we are his. He even uses the imagery of being his sheep in the pasture. I picture a lush green field and the full comfort of knowing that I am protected from everything.
Do those thoughts stir your soul with emotion? If yes, take a moment to shout your praise. Sing hallelujah! Of course, not everyone will experience God’s joy in this very moment. If that’s you, look no further than verse 5. It may take more than glancing at the words for a moment, so find a quiet spot. Think for a moment as this Psalmist did.
- The Lord is good
- His love is unfailing
- His love is forever
- He is faithful
- This is true for all generations
Now, in my reflection, I experience a very different kind of joy. Instead of shouting from the rooftops, I get a tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. It’s joy, just the same. All for Him and all from Him.