Shout with joy to the LORD, all the Earth
Psalm 100:1 NLT
Gladness, joy, thanksgiving, praise—it’s all happening in Psalm 100. For why? Because those gathered for worship know with assurance.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture (verse 3b)
The LORD is good
His unfailing love continues forever (verse 5)
And we have even more reason for this sense of belonging than they did back then. In a word—it’s Jesus. All he is and all he’s done for us. His steadfast love is what we can count on, however up or down we are.
Yes, exuberance is a mood, and we don’t always feel on top of the world. That’s why there are psalms of Lament in the temple hymnbook too. (Look no further than Psalm 102 the day after tomorrow.)
Many people around us in the workplace don’t get it. They don’t get this assurance that we’re loved, that.
He made us, and we are his. (verse 3b)
Let alone wanting to join in a song and dance about it.
For them, God may be somewhere behind the Universe, but remote, not involved. Or, at least, they live that way. They lose out.
This psalm packs a punch above its 5 short verses. One truth it models is this—we do better together. ‘The sheep of his pasture’ are a flock. ‘His people’ flock together.
So be glad when you can’t find a parking at TCC, ‘cos it’s full!