“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 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 (Psalm 100:1-3).
Do you sometimes find it hard to shout for joy to the Lord with gladness when you are having a particularly difficult day? How about during a batch of difficult days? Do you sometimes wonder what there is to be glad about when your life is in turmoil or you are in pain?
David loved the Lord with his whole heart and sought to walk in His ways at all times. Because he was a human being, however, there were times when he failed miserably. Did he give up on his Lord at those times? Definitely not! In fact, in this Psalm, David reminds us that as God’s people, we need to celebrate by worshipping Him and joyfully offering songs of praise to Him. David understood that God was his Lord in the good and bad times, and praised Him all the time, regardless of his circumstances.
The past few months have been a season of joyful mourning for me as my mother and the mother of my best friend both went to be with the Lord within a couple of weeks of each other. It was an interesting time as those of us closest to these two women of God struggled between feelings of sadness and thankfulness– sadness because they are gone, and thankfulness because they are no longer in pain.
Beloved, if we love the Lord with all our hearts and desire a closer relationship with Him, let’s not forget that even in those times that all seems lost, we still have a God who loves us beyond anything we can fathom. After all, it is he who made us, and we are his I don’t know about you, but I’m going to keep on singing joyful praises to my God — right on into eternity!
About the Author:
Anna Popescu.often finds herself singing snatches of praise songs she has heard in church and on the radio, which helps her remember the Source of her joy. She and her husband, Rick, share their northern Arizona home with their Sheltie named Bleu.