Serving With Joy.

Serving With Joy.

May 26, 2024

HANDOUT FOR SERMON: “SERVING WITH JOY”  May 26th, 2024 Manchester, TN

Introduction:                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We are taught in scripture to be joyful and glad. In Galatians 5:22-23 the fruit of the Spirit mentions nine items. The first one is love and the second one is joy! How much joy do you feel and experience in your walk with God? How often do you express your joy? Do you shout for joy in your “walk with Christ?” If not, why not?

Another concept that is clearly taught in scripture is to “serve” or “serving.” God has always expected His people to serve Him. God also expects us to serve our fellow man.    Scripture: Deuteronomy 10:12, Joshua 24:15, Ephesians 6:7-8, Galatians 5:13-14

Lesson:

1.THE READING OF PSALM 100:1-5, A PSALM OF PRAISE.

Psalms were written over time by several people. David wrote many Psalms. Psalms were written for God’s people. It is a book of hymns and praises that the people of Israel often used and sang during worship. It also serves as a wonderful guide to the life of faith.

Psalm 90-100 is a series of eleven psalms with the theme: “God’s faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:5) According to Psalm 100:2 God’s people were to “serve the Lord with gladness! Gladness is a feeling of joy, pleasure and cheerfulness. There are 89 verses in the Bible that use the word glad or gladness. There are 430 verses that speak of joy, joyful and/or rejoice.  Do you think God wants His people to be joyful and glad?  Do you think God does not allow or want His people to express their joy?

2.LET US SERVE AND DECLARE, Psalm 100:1-2

David wanted God’s people to see and acknowledge what God had done with them and for them. He also wanted them to reflect daily on God’s goodness. When we do this it lead us to become very grateful and thankful. Thankfulness in turn will lead us to worship with gladness and joy! It is okay for God’s people to express joy and gladness. We are taught to serve God and others with joy and gladness.                                           Scripture: Psalm 99:1-3, Hebrews 12:18-19 & 22-29, Revelation 15:3-4, Romans 12:12, 14:17, 15:13, Philippians 4:4, James1:2, I peter 1:8-9. Nehemiah 8:10, Philemon 1:7. 

3.KNOWING THE LORD IS GOD. Psalms 100:3

God made us. Without Him we would not be and would not be alive. Deity has been involved from day one. God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are all mentioned as being involved in the creation process and in sustaining all things. God is Lord and Master of all.

Having an awareness of the great power, wisdom and foresight that God possesses will cause us to have a respect for Him as well as a gratefulness for Him.  Are you living in a manner where your life, your words and actions declare God is the Lord?  Please do not overlook how much a part God is in your daily life!

Scripture: Psalm 139:13-14, Genesis 1:27, Colossians 1:26. Ephesian 2:10

 4.BE AWARE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD, Psalm 100:4-5

Is David referencing the tabernacle of Exodus 25-27 or the temple of God that was built by Solomon in 1 Kings 6-7? God’s people under the old covenant. did have a temple in Jerusalem where they were to worship and serve God. David may have been indicating this.

What about us today? Do we see and acknowledge the presence of God in our world, country and life today? If we see God as ever present in our lives  then we will actually see more clearly His involvement and His working in our lives. Could we be guilty of overlooking God,  assuming He doesn’t really care so there is no use speaking to Him?

Christians today are described as the “living temple of the Lord.”  In the New Testament we see where God calls.    Paul spoke of a God in whom we live, move and have our very being!

Scripture: Psalm 145:18, Hebrews 4:16, Hebrews  4:16, Hebrews 13:5, Acts 17:27

 

Conclusion: Psalm 100 is all about the importance of serving God. This Psalm emphasizes the importance of genuineness of the heart in our giving thanks to God and in out worship of Him. It is time of thanksgiving, a time of reflection of everything He has done in your life. Maybe the Lord’s Church today need to rethink the lack of joy and gladness in our public worship services today?