Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.Psalm 100:1(NASB)
Not only is this Psalm designated: “A Song of Praise”, but it cries out for the whole earth to raise its collective voice in jubilant joy and undivided delight to the one and only God, Who is the true and living Creator and Preserver of heaven and earth.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, is the great, opening command of this exultant anthem of praise and thanksgiving. Continuously shout out joyfully to the LORD, all the earth– rejoice and be glad, we are instructed and make merry before the Lord.
It is not simply 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 grateful thanks.
The visible realm and the invisible sphere are to unify their song of gladness. Every creature is called upon to glory in their Creator. The dust of the earth and waves of the sea are to cry out in harmony as they praise the eternal God – and our glorious Saviour.
The wind and weather is to ebb and flow and surge and roar in an ongoing cacophony of worshipful praise to our mighty Lord. The heavens are to be glad and unite in telling forth the glory of the living God and their expanse is to declare His wonderful works. The earth is to rejoice, the sea is to roar, the mountains are to break forth in shrill shouts of joy and the meadows are to clothe themselves with flocks of sheep and array themselves with sweet-smelling flowers, as a tribute to the great God Who made them all.
This Psalm is a call to all the nations of the world to unite in thankful praise. All peoples and nations and kingdoms and tribes are summoned to shout joyfully to God. It is not simply the chosen nation of Israel that is to rejoice in the Lord, but an invitation has been extended to the four corners of every nation – to lift up their united voices in songs of praise to the Lord God almighty.
We are to make melody in our heart and praise Him with corded instruments and brass. We are to speak and shout to one another and join together in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs – singing praise to God and making melody to Him in our hearts, with thanksgiving.
Let us praise the Lord in the morning-time and as shadows of evening fall, according to His excellent greatness. Let us sing praises in the sanctuary of our heart and in the mighty expanses of the great outdoors. Let us praise Him in our work and worship Him in our times of recreation. Let us rejoice in the Lord always, with trumpet and harp… with timbral and dancing, with stringed instruments and pipes.. with loud, resounding cymbals and pretty tinkling bells.
May we always and forever make a joyful noise to the Lord and make melody in our heart and with grateful lips. May we harmonise our voices together with thanksgiving and praise for all that God has done for us – for He is good, and gracious. He is kind and faithful and His mercy is everlasting – for we have a God Whose truth endures for ever and ever and ever – amen.
Heavenly Father, we want to link our voices with the whole of creation and rejoice in Your goodness and grace. Thank You for You great and might works and for the gifts and graces that You have bestowed on us. Thank You that Your grace is sufficient for all and that no-one is excluded from Your good and gracious offer of salvation – through faith in Christ. Thank You that You loved us so much that You sent Jesus to be the propitiation for our sins and thank You that by faith You have removed our sin as far as the east is from the west – and are prepared to do the same for all who will trust in Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. May our lives be a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving – for You alone are worthy of all praise and worship. in Jesus name we pray, AMEN.