Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.Psalm 100:2(NASB)
Giving thanks to the Lord for His wondrous deeds and bountiful mercies is the glorious message contained within this well-loved passage of Scripture, which should be taken to heart and manifested in our lives of all who believe.
Psalm 100 is a beautiful sacrifice of praise to the Lord and is often affectionately referred to as the 'Old Hundredth'. Its keynote message calls for every people and tribe, every nation, language, kingdom, and land to unite their voices as one, in worshipful thanksgiving and exultant praise to our Almighty God and great Creator.
Uniting as one in joyful psalms of rejoicing, and lifting up our voices together in spiritual songs and harmonious hymns of praise, is the exciting theme that threads its way throughout the entire Bible, but is very evident in this well-loved Psalm which calls for people of every nation to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord."
All the earth is summoned to "serve the Lord with gladness and to "come before Him with joyful singing," because our God is good and gracious. He is merciful and kind. He is faithful and long-suffering, and His compassion reaches from one generation to another and will remain into the eternal ages to come.
Miriam rejoiced with tambourine and dancing, when she sang her grateful hymn of praise on the far side of the Red Sea, following their escape from Egypt: "Sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted," she sang rejoicingly, "the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea."
It was a song of rejoicing that moved the Lord to act on behalf of His people, Israel, following the pleading prayer of king Jehoshaphat: "For when they began singing and praising… the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah – so they were routed!"
In the New Testament, Paul exhorts all Christians at Ephesus to "speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs – singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord." He also instructs the Colossian believers (and us) to: "Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom and teaching – admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.. singing with thankfulness in your hearts to the Lord."
This call to worship in the 'Old Hundredth' is a call for every Christian to worship our Saviour in the beauty of holiness, for we have been saved by grace through faith in Christ.
But it is also a demonstration of God's goodness and grace to the whole unsaved world, both Jew and Gentile alike, for it is not God's will that any should perish but that all should come to repentance, by turning from sin and trusting in Christ for their redemption.
There is nothing more beautiful than to rejoice and praise our Almighty God Who loved us so much, that He gave His only begotten Son so that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the 'Old Hundredth' and for the call to lift up our voices in worship, praise, and thanksgiving, for all that You have done for us. I praise You for my creation as a new creature in Christ and for Your promise to preserve me throughout this life. I praise and thank You that the day is coming when I will be glorified, spirit, soul, and body, for I will see Jesus as He is and be made like Him. I praise and worship You with a grateful heart and with songs of thankfulness. In Jesus' name, AMEN.