Worship the Lord
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. Ps 100:1-5, NIV
The Psalmist exhorts followers of HaShem to come before the Lord with joy, gladness, thanksgiving, and praise.
Have you noticed that the more you meditate on Him, His Word, His ways, the less that circumstances or other individuals irritate you? I love the custom of many orthodox Jews to thank the Lord 100 times a day! Wow! That is incredible.
Practically speaking, how can we thank Him 100 times a day?
- Tonight, before you close your eyes, pray and ask the Lord that while you are sleeping that your heart be full of His glory.
- When I do that, I notice that my heart is full of His goodness when I awaken.
- Thank Him for having given you another day to love and to serve Him; thank Him for breath, for your loved ones, for His having died on the cross that you might know Him.
- Throughout the day, choose to cast the stresses of life aside. Do not ‘worship other gods’. (There are many ‘gods’ that vie for our thoughts, our time, our focus. Choose instead to focus on the goodness of our Lord)
- Look for opportunities to bless others … and thank Him for those opportunities.
- Thank Him for your food: both physical nourishment and spiritual.
- And when it is time for bed, again ask Him to fill your dreams and thoughts during the night with His glory….and the next morning, you again begin the cycle of praise and thanksgiving Him.
Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods. Rather, worship the Lord your God;
it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.” 2 Kings 17:38-39, NIV
Try thanking our King 100 times a day – it’ll change things.
“What a mighty God we serve! Your constant expressions of love to us are awesome. Lord, we love YOU!!! We bless You, our King of Kings! Thank You for Your intervention in our lives on so many levels: You cause our hearts to beat, You give us sustenance, You heal our bodies. You give us loved ones. Thank You! Help us to keep You foremost in our hearts and thoughts. We bless You. We continue praying for Your peace over Jerusalem, and that our country will turn back to You. Heal our bodies; bring families together. In the precious and holy Name of our soon-coming Messiah, Yeshua, we pray.”