Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Knowing ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not 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.
The Hebrew verb for make a joyful shout is a highly charged command for public praise. The command is addressed not just to Israel but to all the earth. The Israelites were to be a people who would attract the nations to worship God. The word “praise” in the superscription is actually the word “thanksgiving” or thank-offering that one presented when God had especially answered a prayer or given a great deliverance. Praise is powerful in places us in the presence of God. Read More