Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Psalm 100:1-2
When was the last time you shouted with joy to the Lord? Or worshiped the Lord with gladness? Why is it easier to shout out at a ball game? Or worship the latest performer?
The bottom line is, what will I do with God? What will I do with Jesus? How I can answer this question is of eternal importance. It is a personal question that only each of us can answer for ourselves. The third verse of this Psalm gives the basis for faith.
First, acknowledge that the Lord IS GOD! He made us and we are His. This is difficult for us — we want to be independent and do what we want. This is what our culture teaches. Ask a school boy what freedom is. He will likely throw away all rules he constricting his life in any way.
God made us and we are His. We are His people. We are the sheep, his followers in His pasture, His world. “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.” John 10:14-15.
‘Acknowledge’ isn’t a mere passing happening. Through Jesus, we become a new creature. We learn to walk with Him in every area of our lives. We learn to love Him, trust Him, and our faith in Him grows. “Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20. His presence in our lives is constant and unfailing.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3