THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2019
A PSALM OF THANKSGIVING
September 18, 2018
Today’s reading: Psalm 100:1-5
Today’s psalm is entitled “Processional Hymn”
and is “a psalm of thanksgiving” (v.1a). It is
a hymn inviting people to enter the Temple courts with offerings
of thanksgiving to God who created them. For holy warriors,
this is an appropriate psalm whenever we enter into the presence
of God, whether in our prayer nook or in the chapel or church.
We consider the declaration of Joshua (per our theme).
The foundation is our personal relationship with God. It is
first and foremost me and God. We know Him and we know who
we are. “Know that the Lord is God, he made us, we belong
to him” (v.3a). We are His people. We are His servants/slaves.
Our lives belong to Him.
We also know that “we are his people, the flock he shepherds.”
(v.3b). First, our children are primarily His children, and
we are to care for them as such. Our community is the body
of people whom He has called together for His purpose, and
community members are brothers and sisters in the Lord.Second,
Jesus is the Chief Shepherd, who entrusts his sheep to human
shepherds. As servant leaders, we are to take responsibility
for our home/family/children as well as those placed in our
care in the community.
will serve the Lord
What God does for us, how He forms us and uses us as instruments
to help form others, is so that He will have workers for the
harvest. We serve God basically through our work of evangelization
and mission. Challenging as this work is, we are to “serve
the Lord with gladness” (v.2a). As His people, as His
servants, as part of the armies of the Spirit, we serve God,
and we do so willingly and joyfully.
It is a wonderful life. If we truly realized who God is and
who we are supposed to be, and we allow God to form us and
use us, that provides the foundation for being destined for
greatness. We just need to see, to respond, and to give our
we will have a life of joy, even as we spread the joy of the
Lord to the whole world. “Shout joyfully to the Lord,
all you lands” (v.1b). Our service to God will never
be tedious or unsatisfying, so we can always “come before
him with joyful song.” (v.2b). Our lives will be filled
with praise and thanksgiving to God. “Enter his gates
with thanksgiving, his courts with praise. Give thanks to
him, bless his name” (v.4).
a wonderful God we serve. He is good and merciful. “Good
indeed is the Lord, His mercy endures forever” (v.5a).
And our God will always be faithful to us, to our children,
to our children’s children, and to all the generations
until Jesus returns once again. “His faithfulness lasts
through every generation.” (v.5b).
are more than enough reasons to say, “As for me and
my household, we will serve the Lord.”