Lent – Day 26 – Come Before His Presence with Singing
Here are three translations of the text from the original writings.
“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, and 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.” Psalm 100:1-5 KJV
“On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence. Know this: God is God, and God, God. He made us; we didn’t make him. We’re his people, his well-tended sheep. Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him. For God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever.” Psalm 100:1-5 The Message
“MAKE A joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come before His presence with singing! Know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His]! We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name! For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.” Psalm 100:1-5 Amplified
Think about it… Joy and gladness are to accompany, indeed, prompt our service to the Lord. Singing is the means by which we enter into His presence in order to express our adoration and worship. He alone is God and we are His chosen people, His flock as the Good Shepherd abiding in His pasture. His gates are always open to us and we can enter at anytime with songs of thanksgiving and praise.
Our thanksgiving is offered with the acknowledgement that His name is Holy and to be blessed. We bless His name by our devotion and respect for its power, authority and holiness, not using it loosely or in vanity, not casting it carelessly about in jest or in profanity.
The name of Jesus is to be praised, held in highest regard and reverence because God is good, His mercy is forever and His truth endures to all mankind, to every nation, every tribe and every tongue from generation to generation.
He is the same today as He was in the beginning and shall be forever.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8