Posted by: Jo | April 26, 2013

Shout For Joy To The Lord

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.” (Psalm 100:1)

imageThis is the 100th posting of my blog and thanks is due the expertise of my dear friend, who faithfully presents it in such a dramatic way each week. I have always loved Psalm 100 and thought it fitting that my 100th blog should honour the beautiful words of this ancient poem of thanks to the Almighty.

Just recently I was walking past a children’s playground and was suddenly struck by the joyful sounds emanating from youngsters playing together. Their shouts of joy were infectious and I felt myself smiling in response as I walked past. I thought wistfully of how long it has been since I shouted for joy and thought it such a pity that when we become adults we automatically feel we now have to act in a more circumspect manner. Not so, the writer of Psalm 100 says. Our love for the Lord has no such restrictions. When we take delight in him, our joy will have no bounds. Our love can overflow into loud exclamations. We can join with all the earthly creatures to praise his name in gladness with joyful songs;

“Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalm 100:2)

What is the reason for our joy? Knowing where one belongs is the most reassuring thought for any creature. When we belong to the Great Shepherd we can relax knowing we are protected and cared for. Repeating it to ourselves and then back to the Heavenly Creator has a profound calming effect upon our lives.

“Know that the Lord is God. It is he who has made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture” (Psalm 100:3)

imageVerse 4 begins with the word, “enter”. Since the advent of the personal computer, familiar words have taken on a whole new meaning. I am now looking at the word – Enter – on my keyboard and frequently see it appear on the screen often demanding that I enter a password before I am allowed to access a certain site or program. When I re-read Psalm 100:4 I suddenly began to smile as I thought this ancient piece of God’s word is telling us the right password that allows us to overcome any barrier, enabling us to have a wonderful relationship with the Father;

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” (Psalm 100:4)

“Thanksgiving and praise” what an easy password to remember and what a beautiful site it gives us access to. We are allowed to enter the court of the king of kings and no restrictions here, we may shout for joy, burst into jubilant songs, act like happy children or just be ourselves, knowing that we are a loved by a love that will never end.

“For the Lord is good and his love endures forever …” (Psalm 100:5)

imageFinally this Psalm reminds us of the faithfulness of our Heavenly Father. No need to worry that our access will suddenly expire if we don’t renew, his promises will last forever;

“…His faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:5)

This psalm has been loved by countless generations and one of my friends told me that she had heard it referred to as; “Good old Psalm 100”, it is certainly one of my favourites and one I love to use in my prayer time.

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  1. Well done old friend. Now we will expect you to keep up this high standard for the next 100 +

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  2. Congratulations Jo on your 100 reminders of God’s love and faithfulness to us! For those of us who believe in the power of praise and love to sing praises to our Lord, psalm 100 is indeed precious. We will enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts, we will enter His courts with praise! Thank you for your faithful writing.

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  3. Congratulations, Jo – this one has some great thoughts like the others – I enjoy your blog and appreciate the work you put into it.
    Go for 200 now.

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  4. 100 Congratulations Jo, on your faithful and inspirational Blogs in the name of the Lord. We are truly Blessed to be followers of his words through your down to earth awareness of what I so often miss.

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  5. Dear Jo – we all shout for joy at your beautiful blog, and celebrate your 100th with you. May you continue to encourage us with your next 100!

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