Joyful Worship - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Joyful Worship

 

April 17

 

Read Psalm 100 (ESV)

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

 

Reflect

According to this psalm, there are many reasons to praise God. What are they?

 

Recently, someone commented on a worship article saying that they just can’t stand “happy, clappy” worship in church. Now, I understood what they meant. Christians may seem insincere when we sing happy songs and put on our happy faces. Others feel as though we need to be more solemn and proper in our worship in order to be respectful of God.

 

We always need to be reverent of who God is when we are worshipping Him. But today’s psalm gives us permission to be joyful in our worship. Yes, maybe even happy and clappy at times! Why? Because He is God and He is good! He is steadfast and He will love us forever. He is faithful to every generation. God made us and we are His. He takes care of us and leads us like a shepherd leads His sheep. Therefore, we should be full of joy and give thanks to Him! We should serve Him with a cheerful heart because He has done great things for us.

 

Can we worship with joy even when life is hard without being insincere? Yes! Habakkuk 3:17-18 says, “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”

 

Another example is a lament that is found in Psalm 42. The Psalmist details how much trouble and suffering he is going through. In verse 4 he even mentions that he used to lead the procession “to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise”. But then in verse 5, he writes of his despair. “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil with me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” He knew that even though He was suffering, He could place His hope in the Lord and find the joy to praise Him.

 

Friends, even when there is nothing in this world to be happy about we can have a deep and abiding sense of joy and peace in the Lord. We can always rejoice in Him because He is the God of our salvation and His faithfulness lasts forever. Our joy should be rooted in Him and what He has done for us, not our circumstances. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).

 

Pray

God, You are good! I praise You for who You are and what You have done for me. Help me to find my joy and hope in You, even when I struggle to find joy in my circumstances. Thank You for Your faithfulness to me. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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*ABBA FATHER;I NEED YOUR HELP WITH THIS; okay; THANKYOUJESUS; AMEN*
Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Lord You are the delight of my life. Help me to rejoice in truth which is contained in Your Word. Amen.
The Lord is faithful and just and he forgives us of all unrighteousness if we trust in Jesus. What a friend we have in Jesus all our pains and sufferings he bares. The joy of knowing we are saved by Jesus’s death and resurrection makes me shout for gladness. Praise you always Lord God. Amen
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Jesus is Awesome!!! Without HIM, we are NOTHING!!! Give HIM worship, Honor and GLORY, every day and night!!! AMEN and AMEN!!!
Amen I like the happy clappy days as well as the solemn thankful days even in sunshine, thunderstorms or blizzards. As long as Jesus has us in His care we are going to be just fine. I pray I always always give myself over to our Lord. In Jesus name
The joy of the Lord is my strength! May we serve the Lord with gladness! The word JOY means this: J is for Jesus, O is for Others Y is for You. J O Y!!
Thank you for today devotional it's such a blessing to me.
Thank you for that psalm 100, it is so profound and touches my heart to the core,,,I grew up on music and singing in church but now(60+) it seems to be missing alot but it's still there in my heart and soul! Praise Him and glorify Him forever!!!
Give God the glory, praise his name and honor.
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God through Christ.
I pray for the peace of GOD to abide with my family
God is love and His love endurance for ever...His love for us is unconditional. God is good and worthy to be praised ❤️
Absolutely correct answer and the proper way to respond with application in your daily journey with The Holy Spirit!
God I needed that prayer today. I'm having one of those days.. His please help me feel and experience your joy. I ask you this in Jesus's name Amen
Thank you for this devotional today, and every day. I know I've been going through some struggles for awhile, and your prayer hit me close. God is good and I praise Him and thank Him for everything He has done for me. I hope and pray that God never gets tired of these words. (Thank you Lord.)❤
Thank you, Lord. Amen.
Col. 3: 15-17