My church was smart. They told us to memorize Scripture. They offered us the carrots in front of our horses. But they had us memorize one of the shortest chapters in the Bible, Psalm 100. Like I said, they were smart. They gave us the easiest one to chomp down on. Now don't try and confuse me by having me say it unless it's in the King James Version I memorized back in the day. The others trip my tongue. Okay, I tried to say it by memory again just now, over fifty years later since memorizing it the first time, and hey, I am still pretty good! I hardly peeked. What else can you say about yourself like that? What else lasts that well over fifty years?
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness:
come before His presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord He is God:
it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
into His courts with praise:
be thankful unto Him,
and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting;
and His truth endureth
to all generations."
Joyful noise means God doesn't necessarily care if we can carry a tune in a bucket. He just wants the happiness level to go up with gladness. It reminds me of my son setting off fireworks on the 4th of July singing at the top of his lungs"God Bless America" along to a Pandora rendition from the forties. You've not been entertained until you've met Mr. Funny-Guy himself in the flesh. He was just being silly, but sounded not bad. He did it with joyful abandon for our enjoyment, but the truth remained, we do want God to bless us as a nation. Yeah, it's kinda like that how God wants us to come before Him, well, with a little more sincerity than that probably, but with that kind of exuberance.
Know ye, know ye! I know that I know that I know, that He is God, that it is He that made us and that I am not a self-made person. We are dumb sheep in comparison, but still treasured in His care: He offers us rest in His pasture. Then the sheep go to church and enter His courts with...
People who don't go to court, I mean enter into His courts are missing out. They need to be arrested, stopped long enough to know that they can't continue trying to be God. They need to realize that job's already taken. They need to turn themselves in and surrender to the Authority. Why? "For the Lord is good." You can take that to the bank. This is the crux of the trust issue. We can not enjoy God, surrender our self-making unless we believe He is good. It all hinges on that. It might be self-centered, but we want to know He has our well-being in mind. Remember that we learned a few posts ago that when Moses asked God to show Himself to him up on the mountain, the cloud of God's glory that passed by was His goodness. His glory is His goodness. God is great, God is good, and we thank Him for...
not just to us,
but to all generations,
to our kids and grandkids,
our great-great grandkids,
well, you get the picture.
They all get everlasting mercy too
and a truth that endures,
If that doesn't make you want to exuberantly sing feeling God-blessed, then I don't know what will.
At least do a little tap-dance in your heart with a few sparklers thrown in.