1 Shout to the Lord with joy, everyone on earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness. Come to him with songs of joy. 3 I want you to realize that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to him. We are his people. We are the sheep belonging to his flock. 4 Give thanks as you enter the gates of his temple. Give praise as you enter its courtyards. Give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 The Lord is good. His faithful love continues forever. It will last for all time to come.
The psalmist encourages us to worship God with great enthusiasm and energy. We are reminded that the Lord is God. We belong to God and he cares for us. It also gives some tips on how to approach God ie. thanksgiving and praise. The psalm finishes with three amazing truths: God is good, his love never fails and his faithfulness continues to all generations.
If ever you are facing challenges or feeling down or out of sorts this is the Psalm to read! It’s short but packed with truths that help change your perspective and therefore your life. There is nothing half hearted about this psalm and it’s instructions are really clear. We are encouraged to come before God, to shout, sing, praise and thank the Lord. We are also to acknowledge that the Lord is God. There are no exemptions! No matter what life throws at you this psalm reminds us how we are to approach God.
What I also like about this psalm is that if you can’t think of anything to be thankful or grateful about vs 5 gives you something to start off with: God is good, his love endures forever and he is faithful to each generation. This psalm helps us refocus by magnifying God, not the difficulties life throws at us.
Dear Lord, thank you for your word. Help us to always be grateful and praise you when we come before you in prayer. Amen
Written by Ainslie Woods