1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3 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.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
I wonder what you think your greatest need is today this Saturday? Maybe it’s to have some downtime by yourself; or some time to catch up on household chores; some time to come together as a family – whatever your family might be. Maybe you have other pressing needs be they financial, health or relational.
We have begun our journey in the book of Mark watching Jesus as he meets the needs of ordinary people. They have desperate needs usually of illness or demon possession including their effects such as estrangement and isolation from the rest of society. He willingly meets those needs but provides for their greater needs by giving them new life in his name to even those with weak and wavering faith.
We have a set of ongoing constant needs that can only be ultimately met in God through faith in Jesus. These needs are centred around identity, meaning, purpose, forgiveness and love.
I think this is a great Psalm for grounding us in our relationship with God and then it provides us with an outward expression of what it means to have our needs met by Jesus. This is an outward looking Psalm of praise that trains our heart and spirit to be thankful and worshipful in response to God’s enduring love and faithfulness.
Meditate on this Psalm today as you go about your Saturday activities and may these expressions of praise and thanksgiving rest with you throughout the week.
Please find here the Sons of Korah singing their rendition of Psalm 100
Tim Hewlett – Creek Road