Psalm 100:2
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.

Reflection

You may or may not feel like you are in control of many things in your life. Depending on your stage of life, your family circumstances, your work schedule or your financial obligations you may or may not have as much freedom as you’d like. That might have changed for you over time and it will probably change again in the future but we are all wrestling with the things which control us and making sure we give the right attention to the things we can control.

Regardless of our circumstances there is one thing we can all control in every situation, every circumstance and every day. Our attitude. We can choose to approach every situation (including our worship!) with any kind of attitude which seems appropriate to us in that moment. Psalm 100 invites (or perhaps instructs) us to choose to worship Jesus with gladness. We should choose an attitude of gladness and joy when we come before the Lord to worship.

Of course God hears and honors our worship when we are not glad and not joyful but remember that your attitude is at your control. When we come to worship Jesus with gladness we remember that He is the source of every good thing in our lives, that His mercy is unending and that His faithful love endures through every generation.

Response

Do you feel like you are in control of many things in your life?

Do you find it difficult to control your attitude?

How does your perspective shift when you come to worship Jesus with gladness?

Prayer

God of all joy, we remember with gladness that You invite us to worship You and love You with our whole being – heart, soul, mind and strength. Give us opportunity this week to worship You with gladness and to sing our songs to You with joy because of Your great love and mercy. Use us to lead Your people in worship that helps us to lift our eyes to You with hope, joy and gladness. Thank You that we can come before You with worship and bring our whole selves to You. Amen.