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Psalm 100

[A Psalm of praise.]

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the LORD he is God:
it is he that hath made us,
and not we ourselves;
we are his people,
and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him,
and bless his name.

For the LORD is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations. Psalm 100:1-5 KJV

Psalm 100:1-5 KJV

I stuck with the good old KJV on this one because the words are so familiar and ignite in me worship from a deep place.

Take a minute to notice the active verbs in this psalm.

Make
Serve
Come
Know
Enter

Let's make our Thanksgiving an active and intentional demonstration of worship today and every day.

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After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. - Matthew 26:30 NASB

So why do we sing in church?

Does the singing of songs – hymns – worship music – serve any purpose?

Do we do it because we always have?

Is there some purpose for the songs we sing?

I know that not everyone get’s the 'why' behind church music. I am sure that many of those ‘doing’ the church music don’t even get the real reason behind such traditions.

I worked with a man once who was a singer. He heard me whistling the tune of some wonderful old hymn and asked me if I was a ___________ (fill in name of denomination here – I forget which one he named.) I replied with some self-righteous retort like – no just a Christian.

I found out that he sang in a church choir, and found that interesting because I had been singing in church choirs for decades, but this man was not, as far as I could see, a Christian. (Thankfully it’s not my job to actually decide such thing, or I would be in a heap of trouble.) After a bit of conversation – comparing notes about what parts we sing and musical preferences he said “You should come audition. The pay is good for a Sunday morning’s work.”

Then it dawned on me. He was a paid choir member for a church that wanted really great choir music to adorn their beautiful building and lovely meetings.

Hey – don’t get me wrong – I am not against paid staff in a church setting, and folks who serve the Lord in our midst getting paid to do it – not at all.

But when I hear of a paid choir, made up of folks who have no more interest in God than – hmmm – better not say that or I will be apologizing again – well – than these people singing in the choir – some of whom don’t even know God – they are not part of the body of Christ in that congregation. They sing passionately because they are paid to. Their only connection to the church is on a W2 or 1099.

They, these churches, these folks, are missing the point and purpose of music in church.

King David was a singer. He learned that music and lyrics that praised and adored God were keys for a sinful man when trying to gain access to a holy God.

Check out this old familiar Psalm:

A Psalm for Thanksgiving.

Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
Serve the LORD with gladness;

Come before Him with joyful singing.

Know that the LORD Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
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 lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.

Psalms 100 – NASB

Right in the midst of all this great advice, we have a few instructions on how to approach the presence of the Lord

Come before Him with joyful singing.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.

As we approach him, singing to Him – singing praises to Him – He opens the gates, allows us into His courts.

In another place David says of the Lord

Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. - Psalms 22:3 NASB

The KJV uses the phrase “inhabit the praises.

Understand that God is drawn to praise, God is attracted to thanksgiving, He dwells in our joyful shouting. [Tweet This]

Oh believe me, you can’t fake this – it’s not like you can utter sweet and empty lies, or you will hear the voice of Jesus:

'THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. - Matthew 15:8 NASB

So today – stir yourself up, command your soul like David did:

Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. - Psalms 103:1 NASB

There is more to the reason - come back tomorrow for another reason for music in church - but for now...

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Here is another great piece from our “47 Days of Prayer” booklet. Jane is a leader and teacher in our body, and a great blessing to all who know her.

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Psalm 100 

A Psalm for Thanksgiving.

Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.

Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.

Know that the LORD Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
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 lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.  

Psalms 100:1-5 NASB

One day during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln a woman was brought into his office. Lincoln noticed she carried a basket and he asked her what he could do for her. She replied that she wasn’t there to ask for anything. She simply had heard that he was fond of cookies and she had baked a basket full for him. As the president listened, his eyes welled up and he said, “Your thoughtfulness and unselfish deed moves me. Thousands have entered this office but you are the first to enter asking for nothing.” 

I wonder how God would like us to enter His presence. Psalm 100 invites us to approach Him with shouts of joy. Why? Because He is God. He has created us and those who trust Him belong to Him forever. That’s cause for celebration! The Psalm continues to tell us what pleases God as we enter His presence. We are to come thanking and praising Him because He is good-all the time, and because His love and mercy are always available, regardless of our circumstances.

Why don’t we, like the woman in the story, enter God’s presence where our only agenda is to show gratitude, love and awe for all He’s done for us.

by Jane Marshall, PBC Home Group Leader

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