SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION
Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! (Psalm 100:2)
For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100:5)
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Though our present journey through the Psalms has been a short one, we have explored some of the most important psalms and their themes. For Psalm 1, we learned that there are only two types of people: the righteous and wicked, and for the righteous, everything is worship. Psalm 19 taught us that creation begs us to worship the Creator, and God’s Word reveals to us His great love and mercy. The 23rd Psalm urged us to place our absolute faith in the Good Shepherd. In Psalm 51, David gave to us an example of truly repenting to God in prayer. Lastly, Psalm 84 declared the joy of longing to be with God.
We finish our current study with the theme which people associate most with worshiping God: praise. This psalm is quite popular for its brief, but potent, call for us to worship the LORD with joy and thanksgiving. With emphatic commands, the psalmist cries for God’s people to praise Him and to serve Him with gladness.
Indeed, as much as the psalm is about praise, it is also about thankfulness to the LORD. The psalm is composed of two rounds of commands and statements. Verses 1-2 command us to worship God, and verse 3 tells us why we should do so with gladness. Verse 4 orders us to give thanks to the LORD, while verse 5 reminds us to do so because of God’s goodness. There is never a demand to worship God out of forced requirement; rather, the psalmist urges us to praise God out of overflowing thankfulness to Him!
Read verses 1-2 and discuss the following.
- The psalmist commands us to serve the LORD with gladness. Why must we be glad when serving the LORD? Is it not enough to simply obey the LORD’s commands, or must we also be happy about it.
- The writer also urges us to sing to the LORD as a form of worship to Him. What is the significance of singing praises to God?
Read verse 3 and discuss the following.
- The psalm now moves from commands of action to statements of knowledge. Why is knowing God and knowing that we are His people crucial for worshiping God biblically? How does a knowledge of God lead to worship of God?
Read verse 4 and discuss the following.
- Here the psalm demands that we come before God in worship with thanksgiving. Why is gratitude a crucial component of worship? How does thankfulness relate to praise? Why are we called to always be thankful?
Read verse 5 and discuss the following.
- The psalmist ends by declaring the goodness, steadfast love, and faithfulness of God. How have you seen God’s goodness, love, and faithfulness in your life recently?
ACTIONS TO CONSIDER
- Consider the faithfulness of God toward you. Write a list of blessings that God has placed in your life, and pray thankfully to God for His grace to you.
- Consider how you serve the LORD. Do you serve out of obligation or with gladness? Pray to the LORD for grace to serve Him with joy.