Daily Devotion for May 4, 2020

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 100

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 forever,

    and his faithfulness to all generations.

 

REFLECTION:

Debra J. Mumford shares the insight that “This psalm is not primarily about the responsibilities associated with belonging to God, but rather about the joy—joy in God that the psalmist believed should be expressed with great fervor, zeal. Words like “gladness,” “singing,” “thanksgiving,” and “praise” indicate that the people of God should worship God with everything they have—their bodies, voices, spirits, and minds. Worship of God should be a celebration.”

 

During difficult times, it can be hard to take time to be thankful. What compounds this is that almost any time in our lives can be difficult for various reasons and at various levels. In this midst of this pandemic, it is probably pretty easy to identify the struggles and challenges in our lives and in the world. It can be a lot harder to focus on the things we should give thanks for. But when we do, it can affect our attitudes and spirits in very amazing ways.

 

RESPONSE:

This day, how will you worship God with your voice, your spirit, your mind, and your body? Do you find that one of these ways is typically easier for you, or do you thrive more in combining them all together?

 

PRAYER:

God of patience and understanding, we know that we are not always thankful and sometimes focus more on what we do not have than on what we do. But the words of this psalm help us to remember to be thankful and express that thankfulness to you. With joy and praise, we lift our thanks to you, God of our lives. Amen.

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