"Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come in his presence singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us and we are his sheep, we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture." Psalm 100:1-3
One trend that remains constant throughout the Psalms, is David's spirit of gratitude. It is the driving force behind his worship and adoration of God. He gets it. He gets that our worship is an every moment kind of thing, he gets that it is meant to consume us every.single.second. When we allow ourselves to truly revel in what God has done for us on the cross, it should transform us. It should shake us to our core. And it should drive us to our knees with arms wide open and praises drifting from our lips.
When we get it, this gratitude doesn't allow for stagnancy in our walk with Jesus. We should never outgrow the rush of thankfulness and awe that overcame our hearts the first time we understood the cleansing power of the cross over all of our sin. Every mistake, unkind word, harsh judgement, moral failure - whatever our baggage was, we knew we were utterly undeserving of that mercy. Yet there it was. A mercy that came at the expense of the life of another: Christ.
We must understand - we DO NOT deserve this. In Romans, Paul points out that "God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us". We never reached this point of making our selves good enough for Christ. His sacrificial death came to us in all of our selfish sinfulness. We were not good, we were not ready, we were not seeking, and yet he saved us. It is so easy to become callous to the cross, to the fact that a man died so that we might live. We forget or sugar coat the darkness of our human nature, and out innate need for something more. Guys, we need Jesus. We need him, desperately, every moment.
Because of that sin nature we must choose to die of everyday, there is an intentionality needed to truly savor the preciousness of Christ. We must seek to have our hearts overcome with gratefulness and to live in constant awe of the God who created and loves us.
What would change in our lives if we lived with the acknowledgement that we deserve nothing but have everything? I think it would re-shape the way we view and treat people. I think it would give us a more eternal perceptive.
I think we would make a joyful noise to the Lord. I think we would serve with gladness. I think we would trust more in who he is and what he has done.
I think it would change everything.