The 100th Psalm is one of the shorter Psalms in the book of songs, which is what the Hebrew word ‘Psalm’ means. These are literally lyrics to the word, as God loves music. In Psalm 100, it says, ‘Make a joyful shout to the Lord,’ a command to all lands. ‘Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.’ Verse three emphasizes that the Lord is God, the Creator, and we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Verse four instructs us to enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, being thankful and blessing His name.
As we delve into the concept of worship, it’s essential to understand that worship is more than having a good band or singing. It goes much deeper than external expressions. True worship is connecting to the living God, a genuine connection between us and the Almighty. It involves making a joyful shout, not just going through motions but being truly connected to the head, which is Christ.
The psalmist highlights the idea that all creation eagerly awaits the day when God will reveal His children. Even creation, subjected to God’s curse, longs for freedom from death and decay. Thus, true worship involves being aware of the eternal reality around us at all times.
Moving on, we explore the importance of knowing God, not just loving Him. Loving something doesn’t necessarily mean worshiping it, but worshiping something always involves love. It is emphasized that true worship is the absolute surrender and trust in God’s character and guidance in our lives, even when we may not fully understand His ways.
The psalm concludes by encouraging us to enter God’s presence with thanksgiving, praise, and blessing His name. It reminds us of the goodness of the Lord, whose mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.
In light of this understanding, we are called to worship, not just with external expressions but with a heart that is truly connected to the living God. As we stand in His presence, let us be aware, connected, and surrendered, expressing our love and trust in Him.