Shout to the Lord

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Psalms 100…Shout triumphantly to the LORD, all the earth.  Serve the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.  Acknowledge that Yahweh is God. He made us, and we are His — His people, the sheep of His pasture.  Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name.  For Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations. 

     Shout; a loud, whole body, vocal expression of joy, triumph and gladness. Serve; as a slave to a master a servant to a king—and in context—the act of service here is glad hearted worship of God. Come; to enter into the presence of a king, the presence of God. Acknowledge, realize, understand, comprehend, recognize…know that “I AM that I AM” is God. The God of Israel, Yahweh, is God and He is the one who made us. This whole first section consists of 20 Hebrew words. The center of the Psalm word 21, out of 41, is the word for “His People”. A people possessed by the God who made them. The final 20 words of the Psalm again tell us that He, God, will take care of us, so we should enter (the same Hebrew word above, in verse 2b, “come”) into His presence. Not with empty hands or hearts, rather we enter with thankful song of praise because of who He is. He is Good. He is Eternal Love. He is Forever Faithful. 

     As worshippers of God, the I AM that I AM, the God who is real, we have everything to be thankful for. Because of God, not only do we exist—but we have been invited into relationship with Him. A relationship that is only possible because of His Son, Jesus’ sacrifice, death and victory over the grave. Let us “give thanks to Him and praise His name.

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