Date: 21st June 2020
TITLE: PSALMS 100
CALL TO WORSHIP AND TO SERVE
BY: TAN SENG KEE
Verse 1 of Psalms 100 is one of the shortest psalms in the book of Psalms with just 5 verses. It is a Psalm of Thanksgiving and rejoicing to remind us of the true priority in life and the necessity of the right pursuit in order that we all may live the life God had intended.
Psalms 1 starts by telling us to joyfully shout and praise our God. It is an act of the will to want to come and praise our God. Life experiences tells us that praising God is often not done void of challenges in our circumstances but the Psalmist have reminded us that praise should continue notwithstanding personal difficulties. It is through praise of our God that we find strength to weather storms of life. The call to praise our God is not just limited to us Christians but intended for “all your lands”. Hence the call to share the Gospel that people may turn to our living savior, Jesus. Men finds their true purpose and joy only when they find their maker and creator. It is like a “Home Page” where we can reset and restart again.
Verse 2 moves on to encourage us to “serve the Lord with gladness”. It is not difficult to understand that if we love someone dearly, we will spend time and work hard to make sure the recipient of our love will be happy. Jesus ended the confrontation with Satan in Matt 4:10 by saying “You shall worship the Lord your God, and only him shall you serve.” It is hard to fathom motives of a diligent worshipper in church who does not also seek to fervently find ways to serve God. PBC’s many ministries from Sunday Schools, Karis to Youth Fellowship seeks out many willing to help.
Will you respond? True worship leads to true service. As you serve God, you will find that God not only enables you to continue serving but also give you “full of joy in His Presence” – Acts 2:28.
The psalmist then reminds us in verse 3 that we worship God because He is God, creator of heavens and earth and worthy of all our praise. As a child lovingly looks to his/her parents not just for “gifts” but because parents are the source of a child’s life and children naturally inclines towards their parents, so too we ought to look to God not just for blessings but because God is our life giver who loves and cares for us and we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
This gives us deep confidence and comfort through the journey of life knowing that God counts us as his own and through the raging storms His “rod and staff” (Ps. 23:4) protects us and sees us through it all.
The Psalmist then goes to remind us again in Verse 4 that we ought to wisely spend our days with thanksgiving and praise. It is if, the exhortation to praise and thank God already in Verses 1 and 2 is inadequate; he goes on in verse 4 to amplify the need for a life lived in thanksgiving and praise. A “worshipful life” does not automatically remove all my problems but a worshipping life places my confidence in God as a trustworthy redeemer who is able. The secret of the psalmist seems to be that praise and worship rather than frantic human efforts is the answer for an upheaval beyond my ability to bear. I am slowly figuring that out to be true.
Finally Verse 5 ends with a reminder that God is eternal and therefore His presence, truth, living hope, promises, salvation is eternal and endures for all generations. It is a call to trust God. The grace of God reaches out to us when we were unworthy but the love of God releases us to chart our journeys but in finality, the presence of God stands there to help, to relief and to bring me home for all eternity. “ I am blessed, I am blessed. All the days of my life I am blessed. “
Please help me to worship you our great God and savior worthy of all our praise and thanksgiving.
Please help me to trust you amid my challenges and to depend fully on you.