All Lands Summoned to Praise God
A Psalm of thanksgiving.
1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
3 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.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures for ever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Reflection by Lynne Buell
I decided to use the entire Psalm 100 for today’s reflection and did a little research about it. I came across a blog called “Psalm Reflections” (http://psalmreflections.blogspot.com) that was written by Tom Lewellen who is the Lead Pastor of Grace Church in White Lake, MI. I wanted to share two paragraphs that I thought were interesting. On January 23, 2020, he wrote:
“Since the beginning of the Christian movement, the psalms have always been sung in the churches. Even in the middle ages (around 600–100 AD), the psalms were the primary expression of praise in the worship of the church. Usually, however, the people did not participate; the psalms were chanted in Latin while the people watched and listened.
Psalm 100 is most likely the most well-known psalm in history. I grew up attending (very irregularly) a church that had a Reformed heritage; I remember singing the “Old 100th” every week. It also happens to be the psalm with the most recognizable tune because it is the same tune to which the doxology became connected later (“Praise God from whom all blessings flow…”).”
Music in worship brings me so much joy. Unfortunately because of the pandemic, I’m no longer able to sing with our beloved choir. I so miss singing and socializing with the members of the choir. I’m grateful, however, for our weekly live-stream worship service that is done so wonderfully well by Rev. Courtney along with all the folks who work behind the scenes. Occasionally, Janet provides us with children’s music—also very grateful for this—when we can hear their lovely voices and also to be able to see them, which always brings me such joy. So, this Psalm is quite suitable for me to reflect on today given my sadness over one effect because of COVID 19.
On the other side of the coin, there is much to be thankful for, and I will not focus on the downside. Read this Psalm again and then pray that we will live this day in a spirit of joy and gladness because God takes care of all of our needs!