Psalm 100:2 presents some problems for me. It reads:
Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!
I can serve the Lord. No problem. He says, “Lead worship”, I say, “How many songs?” It’s the gladness part that makes things difficult for me. Because most of the time I don’t feel especially glad about serving the Lord.
For example, our church recently went from one service to two. That means I now get to do everything twice. Lead worship, hear the sermon, give the exhortation, etc. And I really am grateful for the opportunity to serve God and his people in this way. But I have to admit, on Saturday night I’m not always overflowing with gladness.
On Saturday night, my version of Psalm 100:2 usually goes something like this:
Buckle down and serve the Lord, even if you don’t feel like doing it, because it will be over soon enough and you can go home and rest.
Have you ever felt this way? Like you just aren’t in the mood to do any serving and you would rather stay at home and lay on the couch with a bag of chips next to you?
But recently I’ve been made aware of a simple truth that has helped me. God and his people are worthy of all my enthusiasm and gladness.
God is worthy of two worship services. Of six worship services. Of a thousand worship services. His worth doesn’t diminish based on my feelings. The preciousness of God’s people doesn’t lessen along with my energy. God and his church are objectively worthy of all that I can muster. Period.
I can’t be content to serve God glumly. When I’m not in a “serving mood” (as if there ever was such a thing), I need to remember that God is worthy and then ask him for fresh strength and gladness. Then I need to just get moving and quit feeling so sorry for myself.
What has helped you to serve the Lord with gladness?
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