Updated: May 27
Praise the Lord Jesus:
In Psalm 100, we learn to praise the Lord from the perspective of who He is. The Psalmist writes these words: Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endureth to all generations. Psalm 100:1-5 (KJV)
This passage has always been a favorite of mine. It speaks of God in a way that we often overlook. The Psalmist gives specific directions on how we should come to the Lord and how we should serve Him. I find this Psalm is very appropriate given the season we are in now. The virus has caused some of the children of God to become exhausted and weary in their relationship. When this pandemic began, many stood on Psalm 91 and boldly declared nothing would come near our dwelling. Our testimony was forceful, and we believed the Lord would simply wash this “pestilence” away. However, after almost three months of being at home and missing our gatherings, we wonder where God is at this time of need. Even some of the most notable Christians in our world have been hit by this “pestilence.” Let us be honest, many are questioning God. Where is He and why has He not ended this trouble? Many prophetic people have even gone so far as to say the Lord will take this thing away as quickly as it began. Here we are going into another month of waiting…waiting..waiting and waiting some more. Where is God, and why has He not ended this thing?
Many are determined to make this activity an end-time issue. The speculation has arisen that we are in the Tribulation, and this is the rider that brings death. So many confused teachers and listeners. We are so desperate to affix blame that we are telling others that this thing came as a result of the carnality of the church. Now, the very image of God is being cast as some slave-master. One who delights is killing His creation for their weaknesses and disobedience. Let us be honest here, if God were to do those things, the church would have been removed many, many years ago.
I started this adventure with one thought in mind. “Lord, I am not going to blame you or defend you. I am not going to ask why; however, I will say what. What do you want, what do you want me to do, what do you want me to be?” I just felt this was the most effective conversation. This conversation would also keep my view of my Father very real and faith-building.
The Psalmist says we are to make a joyful noise to the Lord, and we are to serve Him with gladness. We must come into His presence with singing. Most importantly, we are to know the Lord is GOD! He is in control, and He can do whatever He wants, and we are obligated to trust Him. Especially when we do not understand the issues. The relationship highlighted is that of shepherd and sheep. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. This means He will look out for us, protect us, and care for us. Now here is the thing we must place our focus. When we master this bit of information, you will be able to sleep at night and accept what God allows. The Lord is good. The virus is terrible, but the Lord is good. The hearts of men are wicked, but the Lord is good. When the news is not pleasant, the Lord is good. He is so good, and we learn His mercy is everlasting and His truth (His Word) endureth to all generations. So I leave you to consider these words, the LORD IS GOOD! Just trust Him and watch Him move in your life, your nation, and the world.
Grace and peace to all. Bishop Eric Lambert