Good and Loving God, I bow in praise for Your enduring love and great faithfulness to me each day.
Read PSALM 100:1-5
 A psalm. For giving thanks. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.  Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat reasons are given for praising the Lord?
This psalm addresses our emotions, mind, choices and future, bathing each one in praise to the Lord. Our emotions are engaged as we worship the Lord with “gladness” and “joy” (2). This is a response to God’s good and faithful love toward us (5), independent of what our circumstances in life may be. Our minds are to “know that the Lord is God” (3) and that God made us. He is the creator of the universe and father of his people, despite what prominent atheists may say to the contrary! These statements are worthy of deep consideration. They are backed up by the evidence of the world all around us and are truly connected to reality. Our choices are challenged, too: we are to “enter his gates” (4). This is something we must desire for ourselves and act upon. No one else can do it for us. Our future is secure—God’s love endures forever and his faithfulness continues through successive generations (5). As we praise him, these different elements come into play in our worship. We are whole people and true worship will exercise our whole being as we “shout for joy to the Lord!”
Engage your mind and emotions in worshiping God today and remember that your future is in his faithful hands.
Marvelous Lord, help me to worship You as You deserve, with a joyful spirit and all my being!
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