1Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! 2Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. 3Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.
Loved ones, we sometimes joke around when we sing to the LORD off key… and we might say “Well, we’re called to make a joyful noise, right?” Well, as much as it’s true that the sound of our singing doesn’t have to be perfect to bless the Lord… what verse one of Psalm 100 is commanding us to do has a different meaning.
When the Word of God tells us to make a joyful shout to the LORD, it’s referring to the homage-shout and fanfare that is due to a king when he enters a room or when he makes a procession. We’re to blow the regal trumpet of our voices, shouting out all the triumphant praise that our Great King deserves. For he is indeed the Great King who made and owns all the earth.
Verse three commands us to understand that our Great Covenant LORD and King is God himself. It is he who has made us, and not we ourselves. We belong to him and were created to serve and glorify him alone. And although in and of ourselves, we’re unworthy and unprofitable servants he has made us his people by his grace.
And because of this saving mercy we’re his redeemed lambs who have the blessed privilege of grazing in his pasture land… within the pastures of his church here on earth in this life, feeding on his Gospel Word… and within the eternal pasture land of heaven in the life to come, feasting with our Good Shepherd face to face.
By his grace we’ve been made servants of the great Shepherd King. And so, as verse two calls us… let’s serve the LORD with gladness knowing that our King is God our Savior. So let us always come before his high majesty with reverence and awe, trembling and joy… singing and shouting our hearts out in gratitude knowing that we are not our own… but belong to him.
And verse four commands us to enter into his temple gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise… to be thankful to him, and to bless his name. We come to our Holy God knowing that his holy temple courts are closed to the unrighteous and defiled but open to his redeemed people [Rev 21:27]. He has opened wide his courts to us who have had our sins forgiven in Christ and who have had his very own righteousness imputed to us through faith alone.
He has even opened up to us the very holy of holies itself and has granted us free access to his majestic presence. “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the [Holy of Holies] by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” [Heb 9:19-23].
Truly, loved ones… the LORD is good! We deserve none of these things… but yet we have them all in Christ. And we have all these divine benefits both now and forever more… because his mercy is everlasting and his truth endures to all generations.
Christian! In view of these heavenly mercies that our great God and King has bestowed upon us… let us not only joyfully shout to the LORD and enter into his gates with praise and thanksgiving… but let us also present our entire lives and bodies to God as a living sacrifice to him in grateful response. Amen.