Psalm 100 is an invitation. It calls us to worship. Won’t you join in?
This Psalm is comprised of two parts. The first three verses would have been sung by pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem. The last two verses would have been the response of those in the temple gates calling the travelers to come inside.
What, exactly, are we invited to do? The six imperatives that structure the Psalm tell us.
- Shout triumphantly to the Lord – I usually avoid shouting. So when I come across a command like this, I get a little uncomfortable. What does this really mean? The word used here means to sound an alarm. If there was a fire, we would certainly make sure to alert those around us. In this passage we are called to actively alert others to the significance of the Glory of the Lord.
- Serve the Lord with gladness – Worship is always a matter of the heart. A heart transformed by His grace is a heart that finds joy in serving Him.
- Come into His presence with singing – We are invited to let our gladness spill over into song. Singing is a way to verbalize our joy. Isn’t is amazing that God delights in music? Rather than cowering in shame before the Almighty, we are invited into His presence, rejoicing in the power of the gospel.
- Acknowledge that Yahweh is God – Here we are invited to humbly lay down our self-reliance and acknowledge the power and authority of God. We are invited to orient ourselves around the gospel of Jesus Christ, the perfect provision of Yahweh.
- Enter His gates – Next, we are called to move beyond ourselves and enter into something more, something greater. The people inside the temple walls would extend this call to those outside. The object of our worship, God, invites us to enter into His presence.
- Give thanks to Him – Thankfulness comes from awareness. If I am not thankful, it is most likely because I am unaware of what I have been given. When we give thanks to God, we contemplate His greatness. We see more of who He is and what He has done. The appropriate response here is gratitude.
Shout. Serve. Sing. Acknowledge. Enter. Give thanks. “Yahweh is good and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations” (vs. 5).
This is the invitation. Will you join in?
written by Britton Sharp