"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs." PSALM 100
What if we said all the right things to God but there was no joy. What if we did all the right things but there was no joy. Does joy count in worship? It's the question of duty vs. delight. Psalm 100 challenges us to worship the Lord "with gladness". Crazy to think but God actually isn't looking for lip service. He really is searching our hearts.
Can you imagine if a wife knew her husband was saying all the right things but in his heart he didn't mean anything he was saying? How do you think that would make her feel? In the same way, our worship must be saturated with Joy.
Joy in who God is.
Joy in what he has done.
Joy in the hope of every circumstance.
Joy in His Plan.
Joy in the future.
Joy in the present.
How's your joy level in regards to your worship? So before you strum the guitar, or lift up your voice to sing this Sunday... maybe ask the question... "Am I worshipping the Lord with gladness?"