Several months ago I saw the comment about Psalm 100 which said, “He is God. He is good.” That has stuck with me. These two thoughts come from verses 3 and 5. He is both almighty God and inherently good.
Make a Joyful Noise
1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Verse 1 is a shout of loyalty and homage. It is also found in Psalm 66:1. Where is your loyalty? To God? Or to people and things?
Serve and Worship
It is a joy to serve the Lord. We can serve with gladness as verse 2 proclaims. A Christian should be pleased with an opportunity to serve God: not run from service when God gives a task to fulfill.
The second thought in verse 2 is to sing to the Lord. Corporate worship is not a solo performance. It doesn’t matter what you sound like, it matters that you are praising your God with gladness. Does it bother you to see people in church not singing with the congregational songs? While they may truly be worshiping internally, often when I see this it is coupled with body language that says they are not interested in being present in church.
He is God
The thought that keeps pulling me back to this Psalm is found in verse 3. He is God. He is our shepherd. He is there to guide, protect and provide. A shepherd does this for his sheep. Our God is there to care for us as well. We can rest in Him and trust His care.
Though we talk much about private worship, public worship is important as well. God can use your worship, praise and thankfulness to bring glory and honor to Him.
He is Good
Why do all this? Because He is good. His goodness is shown in His mercy. He existed in the times of our ancestors and He will exist after we are gone. He is consistent throughout history. What a wonderfully good God we are allowed to serve.
He is God and He is good.