Just Worship

Read: Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! (vv. 1-2)

One of the main reasons that we were created is to worship the Lord and sing praises to his holy name. We don’t have to sound like the angels when we sing to the Lord. The psalmist just says, “Make a joyful noise.”

I am grateful that the Word does not say, “Sing a perfect song to the Lord,” because I love to sing. I cannot talk, let alone sing in tune, because of my disability. But I can make a joyful noise.

When some Pharisees tried to have Jesus quiet the crowd as he rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he said: “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out” (Luke 19:40). I like to think that I sing better than a stone would.

I am always surprised when someone says, “You really bless me when you sing.” They often give the reason that I always sound sincere. God doesn’t care how his people sound when they sing. He only cares about what is going on within their hearts. Worship is not a performance where we have to sound perfect. The Lord is more concerned with what is going on within us.

All God is concerned with is that we are glorifying him and that our hearts are right while we are doing it. Won’t you join me in just worshipping and making a joyful noise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! —Steven Laman

As you pray, make a joyful noise to the Lord!

About the Author

Steven Laman is a writer and public speaker who has lived with cerebral palsy since his birth in 1970. Steven is a prolific devotional writer for Words of Hope, and the author of two other books: Strength in Weakness and My Grace Is Sufficient. He also volunteers as a teacher’s aide. He lives with his parents in Iowa.

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series My Journey, God's Grace