Daily Dose – August 25

A Psalm of thanksgiving. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God. It is he that 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 for ever, and his faithfulness to all generations. -- Psalm 100 The encouragement to “serve the Lord” is everywhere to be found in the Bible. We serve God by helping other people. The good Samaritan served the Lord when he stopped and helped the broken traveler. Jesus insisted that we clothe the coatless, feed the hungry, welcome the stranger and said we were serving him when we do these things. A life of such ethical behavior is a must for devoted Christians. But serving the Lord has a distinct and spiritual side as well. We actually serve the Lord when we worship. That’s sort of why we refer to the sanctuary experience as a worship service. The writer of Psalm 100 understood this to be true. “Make a joyful noise…Serve the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.” We make an offering of money in the service. But God is far from maxing out his Amex card. The One who fills the oceans full does not worry over his water bill. The most wonderful offering we give to God is praise and thanks. You really want to serve God? Come to worship and sing loud and in gladness. Throw your head back and turn your heart loose. Tell God that you adore him and that you know that he is the source of every counted blessing. Be a player in worship and not a spectator. Put the world and all its trinkets in your rear-view mirror and come into his courts with praise. Your energy is what makes the event a worship service. Dr. Don Martin