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Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his; [and not we ourselves]
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Psalm 100, sung by the Cy-Ridge Varsity Treble Choir - sounds like Angels
We were blessed to have Andy Piercy recently come to our Church. He is the head of AMiA (Anglican Mission in America) worship, he is really talented. How talented? This man has his own Wikipedia site. Before he turned to Christian music, he was opening for Queen, ELO and Van Halen. Then he began to be on fire for Christian music, and began writing /recording many of the songs used on Alpha and produced records for Delirious, Matt Redman, Rita Springer, Soul Survivor and Graham Kendrick.
Andy made an off hand comment during his humble, down-to-earth sermon & said, in his lovely English accent, Worship is a bit like going to a party where everyone there is holding their breath waiting for the famous person who may or may not show up. That analogy is wonderful, perfect for Psalm 100.
Psalm 100 is about what we bring to the Lord. It is the expectation - the Lord IS going to show up. It's about going to Church, it's about opening our hands to ask Him to give us His daily works. It's about what we bring to this life, it's about the next life.
It's about making the decision to place ourselves in God's hands and let Him work His Plan. Rejoice! This is about putting anxiety down with our decision to trust.
We are the Lord's !
And the music today is from my childhood. It is like putting on the Holy Spirit - the Comforter. Andy Piercy read us terrible letters written to the minister saying how terrible, romantic, uninspiring the new hymns were. Of course the letters were written 140-300 years ago over songs like 'Amazing Grace', 'Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee', 'The Old Rugged Cross". We all have a different taste in music, Psalm 100 is a song sung with practice, with joy, with a decision to put down our interests and concerns, to take time to Praise God.
It is He who made us, and not we ourselves!!!
Doxology of Psalm 100, always a blessing
O Praise Him, David Crowder Band