Worship with Gladness

Psalms 100:1-2 NIV
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”

As I read this passage the words joy and gladness seem to jump off the page. With beautiful, poetic language, the psalmist links joy and gladness with worship.

These words are linked in the psalm. But are these concepts linked in my life?

As I consider God — God’s glory, God’s power, God’s goodness, God’s holiness — my heart is filled with worship. Just knowing who God is leads me to offer worship.

And as I consider all that God has done, again I am moved to worship. God has so clearly communicated the desire to have a relationship with me — walking with me and talking with me. How can I begin to comprehend the enormity of God’s love? And how many times has God showered me with both mercy and grace?

When I take time to ponder God — who God is and what God has done — the reaction is so genuine. The response is so real. With joy I pour out my songs of praise to the One who is so deserving! With a heart overflowing with gladness I offer God my thanks and worship!

God is worthy!

Praise the name of the Lord!

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