1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his[a]; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
This Psalm is all about access to God. The Passion Translation [TPT] says “Lift up a great shout of joy to the LORD;…. Bring your gift of laughter to Him and be glad as you worship Him! Sing your way into His Presence with joy!
David encourages us to make praise the centre of our relationship with our Father God; and the means by which we gain access into His Presence.
There is such an air of excitement about this Psalm. An amazing procession! Link Psalm 98: 6 with Psalm 100-where it says, …..”with the harp & the sound of the singing, with trumpets & the blast of the ram’s horn – shout for joy before the LORD, the King”.
It’s infectious! You get caught up in this excitement and become part of the procession of praise. Imagine the scene! A great crowd of worshippers walking through the open gates into His kingdom. There are no restrictions, just the “password” of praise; for the Lord is always good & ready to receive you. He is so loving it will amaze you; so kind that it will astound you….everyone knows our God can be trusted to keep His promises to every generation.
And why wouldn’t a person want to praise Him? He is none other than our Creator! We didn’t make ourselves, He, & only He, is the one who has taken possession of us as His “sheep ”. He not only created us but He also loves us unconditionally.
LORD, we are so grateful that the way into your Presence has been secured by Jesus Christ your Son and our Saviour.
Written by Keith Bennett