The Treasury of David

Lesson 11 - make a joyful noise

Make a Joyful Noise

(Psalm 100) This is a happy song. It is a song of thanksgiving to God for His faithfulness. There are seven action verbs in this short song giving us instructions on how we should worship.

1. “Make”

The song begins with a command for us to praise God. “Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands.” (Psalm) 100:1) The word “make” is a creative word. Praise is to be born in our hearts, not memorized by our minds. Praise is something we create in our worship of God. The emphasis is not on our wonderful talent but rather on our exuberant loving devotion. We should create a joyful shout to our God. Make it joyful, make it loud!

All of creation is worshipping and we should come to join the choir.

2. “Serve”

Service should be a part of our joyful worship. “Serve the Lord with gladness.” (Psalm 100:1) We should recognize our service should be to the Lord. “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Colossians 3:17) As a part of God’s wonderful creation, our service is a part of our worship. We should serve with a smile. It is a joy to serve God.

3. “Come”

We are invited to join the joyful celebration. “Come before His presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:2) The proper way to enter God’s presence is in joyful worship. This is the reason we begin most worship services in song. God is a good God and we show our happiness with a song. We are invited to join the heavenly choir. We should join the celebration.

4. “Know”

Worship is not a mindless activity. “Know that the Lord, He is God. It is He who has made us and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” (Psalm 100:3) This is an intelligent response to the revelation we did not create ourselves. God invites us to draw near to Him and learn of His creation. The creator wants a relationship with His creation. We begin with the revelation that we are not self-made. We will never take God’s place. We are not God and never will be. We are like sheep to the shepherd.

5. “Enter”

As a part of God’s creation, we are invited into His presence. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.” (Psalm 100:4) The way to enter God’s presence is through thanksgiving. This implies there is a proper way to approach God. We come into His presence remembering the good things He has done for us. We need to develop an attitude of gratitude.

Thanksgiving is for things God has done for us and brings us into the presence of God, praise is what we do while we are in His presence. The emphasis shifts as we leave the “gates” and approach His throne. We go from thanking Him for what He has done to praising Him for who He is. We begin praising His divine character for His goodness.

6. “Be thankful”

We can never be too thankful for God’s mercies. “Be thankful to Him.” (Psalm 100:4) We should continually remind ourselves that everything we have is a gift from God. A good question to ask ourselves is, “Are our hands stretched out asking for more, or are our hands up thanking God for what we have received?”

7. “Bless”

We are always desiring God to bless us. We need to refocus our attention on blessing God. “Bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4) We exalt God through our praise. “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” (Psalm 34:3) Praise makes God bigger to us and to those who join in our joyful choir.

The psalmist concludes his joyful exhortation with three reasons we should praise God. First, we should praise because the nature of our God is good. Goodness is a rare quality on planet earth. We need to praise the goodness of God.

Second, we should praise the everlasting mercies of God. This good God has pity on His creation. Though we were created in His image sin has twisted our human nature and it is only the everlasting mercies of God that can help us overcome our problem.

Thirdly, our God is a God of truth. Truth is eternal. Generations come and go but the truth of God endures forever.

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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton

Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry. 

He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.

Dale Yerton