How do we enter God’s presence? Psalm 100 tells us how. We must examine and engage our heart. God will meet us anytime, anywhere, and in anyplace – but we need to come into His presence with a heart, mind, body, and soul that acknowledges the presence of a King.
I. INTRODUCTORY THOUGHTS:
- Who is the greatest human that you have ever been in the presence of?
- Isn’t it interesting how we’ll wait for hours, standing in the same enclosed area, to catch a glimpse from 20 feet away of a president – but we often think nothing of running into the presence of God?
- Psalm 100 shows a pathway into the presence go God, like a procession for a King.
II. PSALM 100.1 – Raise Your Voice to God!
- 100.1 – Make a joyful noise to the Lord. NASU: Shout joyfully to the Lord.
- It’s a glad shout like what loyal subjects give when the king approaches.
III. Psalm 100.2a – Render Honor to God:
- 100.2a – Serve the Lord with gladness. “Serve” refers to a specific and personal activity. Here: it’s about praising God.
- We are glorifying Him by giving Him honor/adoration due because He is God.
IV. Psalm 100.2b – Draw Near to God With Singing:
- 100.2b – Come into His presence with singing.
- The songs we sing are not meant to create gladness – but to express it.
- When we come together we aren’t here to worship our singing. We are worshipping God. Psalm 29.1-2, 4.
- Worship is not seeking to be blessed, but to bless Him with our words and our lives.
- Isaiah 29.13 – to how many does this passage apply?
- It is time we changed how we think about worship. We need a larger view.
V. Psalm 100.3 – Acknowledge God:
- 100.3a – Know that the Lord, He is God!
- 100.3b – When we worship, we remind ourself as to who God is and who we are.
VI. Psalm 100.4-5 – Open the Door to God:
- 100.4a – Enter his games with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.
- Praise is not worship. It sets the stage for worship.
- Psalm 22.3 – God is enthroned with our praises. Praise creates the atmosphere for our encounter with the King.
- We come before Him with thanksgiving and praise on our lips and in our hearts.
- 100.4b – repetition. We don’t need to miss the importance.
- 100.4c – Bless His name. Think “kneel.” Why? He is the object of our worship.
- 100.5 – Who is God? The Psalmist tells us:
- 100.5a – The Lord is good. He is gracious and kind.
- 100.5b – His steadfast love endures forever. It’s a covenant love.
- 100.5c – And His faithfulness to all generations. NCV: His loyalty goes on and on.
- Worship is encountering the person of God as revealed by His name.
- What a privilege that we have an audience with the King. Don’t take it for granted!