A psalm of thanks.
100 Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with celebration!
Come before him with shouts of joy!
3 Know that the Lord is God—
he made us; we belong to him.
We are his people,
the sheep of his own pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanks;
enter his courtyards with praise!
Thank him! Bless his name!
5 Because the Lord is good,
his loyal love lasts forever;
his faithfulness lasts generation after generation.
Here we are, zooming ahead into the fall! Isn’t it amazing how time seems to get faster and faster? I have a brain theory on that: that as we get older, each year becomes a smaller and smaller percentage of our stored memory, making it seem faster and faster. Regardless of the validity of my theory, we are here – already – heading toward cooler weather and holidays.
As our year marches on whether we want it to or not, it is easy for us to feel like we are out of control. It is easy for us to become overwhelmed with all that happens and lose the ability to enjoy the journey on the way. This may be why some years we just don’t feel like celebrating much or just wonder where the time has gone. At times such as this, I think it is helpful to refocus. Psalm 100 puts things in pretty clear perspective. It is the Lord, and the Lord only, that is worthy of focus and therefore praise. If we keep our focus on God, then the distractions of our lives hold less power over us and we can more fully appreciate and celebrate the wonder and glory of the Almighty.
May our fall be full of opportunities to celebrate God, the Father. May our hearts be full of the love of God’s son. May our spirits be calm and aligned with the Holy Spirit. May we, as God’s people, share all of this with the world around us as THE REASON for our celebration in the midst of trial. May we be a beacon of hope and encouragement to the community. “We are his people, the sheep of his own pasture…Thank him! Bless his name!”
Yours in Christ,