Monday’s Moment

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing (Psalm 100:2).
Do you serve God? Why? The word used at the beginning of this text is the word “serve.” This word is primarily defined: to work, but it can also carry the idea of a worshipper. This definition helps us realize that all life is to be service unto God, all worship is service but all service is not worship. As children of God, every aspect our lives is to be service unto God. But, we must realize that the actions are not enough, our service must also include our hearts. It is not enough to serve God in drudgery, the Psalmist states that we are to serve God with gladness. Is your service unto God a service of joy? Do you live your life because of joy that you have in serving God? Do you experience joy in your life because you serve God?
Why do you sing in worship? Yes, we are commanded by God to sing, but is that the only reason you sing? The Psalmist presents the idea that we sing because we are so joyful in our service to God; we sing because we are so joyful in the fact that God allows us to worship Him; we sing because we realize that God is our God; we sing because we are the children of God.
As children of God, let us each ask: why do I serve God? If we fail to serve with gladness, the short fall is not on God but on ourselves. Indeed, the idea of counting our blessings is a profitable exercise wherein we will gain understanding of why we have joy. When we find the joy in service waning, we need to draw closer to God through a deeper meditation of the word of God. Through a deeper understanding of the word of God, we have a deeper understanding of what God has done for us, what He is doing and what He will do. Then, we will serve the Lord with gladness.