(Re-posted from http://theshepherdspresence.wordpress.com)
This is the simple lesson I presented at the Hickory Creek Nursing Home this morning. I hope it will be a simple reminder to you too.
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord”
Joyful, not crabby. Joyful, not complaining. Noise, not silence. Action toward the Lord and not as to man.
“all ye lands”
No one is exempt. Everyone is involved. It is an imperative.
“Serve the Lord with gladness”
The attitude is not, have to, but rather a pleasure, an opportunity.
“Come before His presence with singing”
Singing before the Lord is beautiful to His listening pleasure. It does not need to be beautiful, it just needs to be singing even if you are making your own tune.
“Know ye that the Lord, He is God”
Remember the power of God; allow God to control your circumstances.
“It is He that hath made us and not we ourselves. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.”
We are God’s prized possession. He is our Good Shepherd.
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise”
Go to worship with a thankful spirit. Always find praise for God.
“Be thankful unto Him and bless His Name”
Remember to count your blessings including all of the common things you may otherwise take for granted. Blessing the name of God is a time of worshiping God for who He is.
“For the Lord is good. His mercy is everlasting and His truth endureth to all generations.”
God’s Word has lasted and lasted, and never been proven to be untrue. God’s promise of mercy is everlasting. Never doubt God’s love.
We sang the Doxology after the lesson and it was so sweet to hear those dear people lift their voices, though some rather low and struggling, in praise with this old familiar song. They truly praised God with all their hearts.