Serve the Lord with gladness;

Come before His presence with singing.

Psalm 100:2

I recall so well when I memorized the 100th Psalm. It seems like eternity ago, but I tried repeating it the other day from memory and got “hung up” right toward the end on a couple of words. I was ashamed of myself. Reading a couple other versions I was relieved to see that I had incorporated other words, but appropriately so.

Take a gander at that 2nd verse. “Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing.” Guy King, in his exegesis of the passage says: “A belief that behaves” embraces the Psalmist idea and also incorporates the Book of James.

James opens his writing to “the 12 tribes that are scattered abroad” by beckoning them to “consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials”.

We are aware that James was a step-brother of Jesus, one of unbelief who came to trust Jesus as his Messiah and to be recognized as a leader in the Church at Jerusalem. Reading his Epistle you are made aware that he was bridging a gulf between Judaism and Christianity. Also, the church was going through persecution which probably helped it to “scatter”! The message they were to carry was: REJOICE. It is the same message that we saw in Psalm 100:2. It is a key word by Paul in Philippians in the form of REJOICE. Paul also gave the words of Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good to them that love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

God does not tempt us when we encounter the experiences of life. He is in the process of refining us to His likeness. Resting in the previous verses, we must process our minds to approach the trials in victory, to rejoice in the knowledge He is desirous of melting and molding us to His likeness. The realization that even if it cost our life, I ask simply, “Must I live?” Beyond this life, with Christ as Savior and Lord, is real life and living!

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