The psalmist states in Psalm 100:3, “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we our-selves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.” Plainly He is not referring to the work of creation but of bringing the church into being. For note that he speaks of us as being God’s people and the sheep of His pasture.
Truly that is an undeniable reason for coming before His presence with praise and singing. His work of creating calls for praise when we see the smallest creature that is made so delicately, or when we look up into the vast expanse of the heavens. But to come before Him as our covenant Father in Christ, as well as our Creator, calls for boundless joy and songs.
He has given us church buildings to use, even as He gave Israel a temple where they could meet Him. That should fill us with gladness. But what He says there in His house should overwhelm our souls with the truth that He loves us and sent His Son to make us His people, who by nature are Satan’s slaves. Indeed there is reason to come before His presence with singing. And that He cares for us as such a wonderful shepherd should move us to make a joyful noise.
Have this in mind when you enter His courts today, tomorrow, or whenever the next Sabbath arrives. Commit to memory and take with you, as you leave home to come before His presence in His house, these words:
Know that the Lord is God indeed;
Without our aid He did us make;
We are His flock, He doth us feed,
And for His sheep He doth us take.
What a truth and what a comfort we have in those words! Almighty in power, not in the least dependent upon us, as God He can and will fulfill every word of every promise that He has given us. As sheep of His flock there is nothing we need to fear. We have absolute protection and supply of all that we need and really counts. Make then a joyful noise as you enter His courts. May the confidence of the truth that our Shepherd is the almighty God, upon whom all creatures depend, move you to sing with glad¬ness His praises in His house.
Read: Psalm 23
Psalter versification: 268:2
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.