I love Psalm 100 for the ways it encourages us to worship. That is literally how it functions in the Psalm Book. It reminds us how to gather and why to gather. “Make a joyful noise,” it exhorts us. “Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving,” it encourages. “We are God’s people,” it declares.
When we come to worship, whether onsite or online, how do we prepare ourselves? Do we center our hearts, minds, and spirits on God? Do we begin to pray before the service begins or do we wait to be instructed?
When we are not able to join in communal worship, do we find ways to reach out to one another in love and community? Do we belong to each other?
God’s steadfast love endures for all generations. The psalmist takes us to this final thought that sustains and uplifts us. Let us worship as those we belong to God and to one another.
In praise and thanksgiving,
Let us encourage one another. Let us love our neighbor. Let us be the church.