A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

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.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100 is a Psalm of the future kingdom describing what worship will be like in the day when the Lord Jesus Christ reigns in glory and power upon the earth. It is not simply Christian men and women, boys and girls who are to lift up combined voices in a loud, universal hymn of praise – but the whole earth is called upon to unite its collective voice in one long, glorious chorus of holy praise and thanks. We are not in that glorious day right now, but we are in the family of God, and we are commanded in Hebrews 10:25 to gather ourselves together and worship Him in His church. 

With that in mind, let it be said that this Psalm tells us exactly what everyone ought to bring to church when they come. 

  • Bring the Right Spirit (verses. 1-2)
  • Bring a Serving Spirit (verse 2a)
  • Bring a Singing Spirit (verse 2b)
  • Bring the Right Sacrifice (verses. 4-5)

When we come to church to worship God we arrive with preferences. We arrive at the same time each week. We sit in the same seat. We may or may not take notes. We stand or sit during the songs. We raise our voices or we quietly mumble to ourselves.  These are our preferences and we come to church with these preferences. 

I’m not suggesting these are wrong But Psalm 100 leads me to ask the question: are you bringing the right things to church. Then, will you ask yourself is there is something you want to change about the way you come to worship.