Shout for joy! Come and worship!
I’ve always loved Psalm 100.
Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!Psalm 100:1–2
Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before Him, singing with joy.
Those words just make me smile. Especially when I think about all the reasons I have to praise God with joy and gladness.
It’s easy to focus on what’s wrong, isn’t it? But the Psalmist tells us to acknowledge God for who He is and for all He does.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!Psalm 100:3
He made us, and we are His.
We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
I looked up the meaning of the word “acknowledge” and found…
- To verbally recognize the authority of someone or something.
- To admit the truth and reality of someone or something.
That typically takes an explanation. When we acknowledge the authority, truth, and reality of someone or something we know the reasons . . . the facts and details that have brought us to a place of acknowledgment.
The Life Application Bible Notes say that we acknowledge God when we:
- Shout our praises.
Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting! (1 Chronicles 16:36)
- Appreciate God’s status as our Creator.
But the God of Israel is no idol! He is the Creator of everything that exists, including His people, His own special possession. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is His name! (Jeremiah 51:19)
- Accept God’s authority in every detail of our lives.
All glory to Him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are His before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen. (Jude 1:25)
- Enthusiastically agree with the guidance He gives.
I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.
I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me. (Psalm 16:7–8)
- Express our thanks for His unfailing love.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His faithful love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)
Why does the Psalmist tell us to acknowledge God with praise and thanksgiving?
Because He is worthy!
He is our Creator, Savior, and Counselor. He is our Shepherd who provides everything we need. He is our source of hope. And He is generous with His grace, mercy, and love.
So, pause today and acknowledge God with praise and thanksgiving. Praise Him for who He is and thank Him for all He does. Make a list of your blessings and sing a song of praise.
Then pray The 23rd Psalm…
Let’s go to the Lord…
A Prayer to Acknowledge God with Praise and Thanksgiving
Father God, You alone are worthy of all my praise. You are gracious and good, merciful and loving. You created our beautiful world. You could have made it in shades of gray but You made brilliant colors for us to enjoy. You made mountains and valleys, oceans and rivers, trees and flowers, and creatures great and small.
You made people to love You and each other because You love them so very much. You sent You Son, Jesus, to suffer our punishment and save us from sin, death, and the power of the enemy of our souls. And when we come to You in repentance through Him, You faithfully forgive us and promise us a forever future with You.
Father, I acknowledge that You are the sovereign Lord of my life. I agree that You are perfect in all Your ways and that Your will for me is always for my good. Please give me all that I need to trust and obey You each day.
Thank you for loving me. Please help me love the way You desire. Help me love like Jesus. Please guide me by the power of Your Word and Spirit and give me a heart that overflows with gratitude. In Jesus’ holy name, I pray. Amen.
I don’t know about you, but I can get lost in worldly weeds. I want to give my full attention to the Lord, my God, but more often than I’d like the junk shouts louder than His whispers calling me to the peace and purpose He wants for me.
I’ve discovered that the best way to have the proper perspective of the weeds is to worship the Lord. When I praise and thank God, when I acknowledge God for who He is and all He’s done, when I take the focus off me and turn toward Him . . . I’m able to live with His peace, joy, strength and so much more.
I want that! So, I’m going to plant these words in my heart…
Enter His gates with thanksgiving;Psalm 100:4–5
go into His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and His faithfulness continues to each generation.
I want to fill my life with beauty that flourishes by counting my blessings and praising the One who gives them.
May you be blessed as you pause to acknowledge God with praise.
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