"Make a joyful noise unto Jehovah, all ye lands.  Serve Jehovah with gladness: Come before his presence with singing.  Know ye that Jehovah, he is God: It is he that hath made us, and we are his; We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture." (Psalm 100:1-3 ASV)

It would be great if we could go back in time to be in one of the worship services during the time the Psalms were written. How glorious it would be. The psalmists mention the different ways people praise the Lord back then. I wonder if all of them did this? I wonder if there were people back then like there are today that just sit there and don't join in with the praise and singing? They just sit there with their mouths shut the whole time.

According to the first part of this Psalm there might have been some people like this. The psalmist here is telling them all to make a joyful noise with gladness and singing. This doesn't mean you have to have a great voice to sing in the congregation. You don't even have to be able to carry a tune. Just make a joyful noise!

You might wonder why these people don't get involved in the praise and worship. Each person has their own problems or circumstances. The devil can bring things into a person's life that can get their eyes off God and onto their own problems. So how do we worship in spite of them?

"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, And into his courts with praise: Give thanks unto him, and bless his name." (Psalm 100:4 ASV)

We must come into the gates of the temple or church house with thanksgiving. That will get our minds off our problems and then we can go deeper to praise and worship God Almighty. You might ask, "What do I have to be thankful for?  I have all these problems, the children were acting up this morning and made me mad, etc."

The psalmist gives us one reason for why we can thank and praise the Lord:

"For Jehovah is good; His loving kindness endureth for ever, And his faithfulness unto all generations." (Psalm 100:5 ASV)

W know that God is loving and loves us no matter what we have done and no matter how we feel.  We do need to belong to Jesus Christ then we know that God will be faithful to us. He will help us in all our struggles and problems. Just lay them on Him during that time of worship. Thank Him that you can do this and praise His holy name. Once you have laid your burdens on Him then you will feel like singing with joy to the Lord and making a joyful noise.

By Dean W. Masters

Owner of the Master's List.
Unedited redistribution approved