The message was brought by David Osborne.
I want to speak about praising the Lord. This Psalm is about the Thank Offering in the Old Testament. In this Psalm, praise is thanksgiving. It accomplishes great deliverance. There is a command to serve and a command to praise. Each has calls and causes.
Psalms 100: 1Make 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.
There is a command to serve. Verse 2 says serve the Lord and he starts by making a joyful noise. When the Lord abides in us there is joy. Our God is not a depressing God. We all have issues to deal with but we can confront them with the power of God. This is specific—serve the Lord. The joy that comes from the lifting of sin is unspeakable and full of glory. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit of God and as such we should feel the need to serve God. Satan’s aim is to distract us enough to keep us from joy in its fullness. We have mountains and valleys and Satan wants to keep us from seeing and knowing God. I want my son to do what I say with a proper attitude. He does it to please me because I’m his daddy. We have a Father to make happy. The right attitude goes with serving God and that means to serve the Lord with gladness. Realize how important the Word of God is. It’s forever settled in heaven and is the only real jewel we have. We can’t see God, but we can see his Word. We need to clean our ears and quit pouting and keep the right attitude in our obedience. We are to come before his presence with singing. We need the desire to come before his presence. If you don’t have it, pray for it. It’s important to come before the Lord.
There are causes to serve. The Lord he is God. That’s the number 1 cause to serve. He is God! He’s in control. He’s above all kings, all nations, and is the true and living God. Know that. It is he that hath made us. We forget this. God is our maker. Our blessings are from the Blesser. You may say that you worked hard for what you have, but who gave you the strength to work. Our blessings are because of God and not us. Things in this life will pass away. Our soul and our relationship to God are important. We are his people. Are you the son or daughter of God? Are you in the family of God? If you’re not, you can be. The call is for all. God doesn’t play favorites. He loves us all.
There is a command to praise. Service comes first. The decision to serve brings the desire to praise. Make a conscious effort to praise. When you sing, make it count. Some may have more of a talent to sing than others but God hears the heart not the voice. There are three calls to praise. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving. Again, make a conscious effort to enter his gates. Be thankful unto him. We have a tendency not to be thankful. Our forefathers had it rough physically and materially. We don’t work near as hard and we are still blessed. Be careful not to criticize what God has blessed you with. Bless his name. We need the heart to bless the One who blesses us. It means giving him credit instead of taking it for ourselves. Actively bless his name. It’s the opposite of pride; we all have trouble with it to a certain degree. Be careful and bless God giving the credit where the credit is due.
There are causes to praise. The Lord is good. Never point a finger at God. He doesn’t sin. Read the book of Job. Note how he handled things. He had to admit that God was good even in troubles. His mercy is everlasting. Grace and mercy go hand in hand. Grace is something given to you that you don’t deserve. Mercy is keeping something from you that you do deserve. God has taken hell—which we deserve—and given us heaven—which we don’t deserve. Hell is real. It’s where Satan wants to take everyone. Because of grace and mercy we don’t have to go there. His truth endureth to all generations. Others may fail us. They may not completely hold up to what they say. We’re all humans and we fail. God’s truth never fails.
There are promises galore to hold. While we hold, praise him. We’ve done our fair share of complaining. God has forgiven us all. He wants us to praise him, and he has every right to be praised.