The act of worship involves a heartfelt expression of joy, thanksgiving, and praise towards God. (Psalm 95:2) It invites the presence of God into our lives and brings glory to God. It is a genuine reflection of our love and adoration for the Lord.Psalm 95:2 – Sing Joyfully with Thanksgiving and Praise
In verse 2, “Let us come before His presence” means that worship should be done with a conscious sense of God’s presence. God’s people don’t sing into empty space; He is in their presence and they are in His presence. There is, or should be, a true connection between God and His people in worship.
God’s presence God in the holy of holies was symbolized at the ark of the covenant. But there could be no invitation to the community to come before His presence in the temple’s Holy of holies. Even when they had the tabernacle and the temple, the Jewish people rightly understood the spiritual presence of God.
Even when you have no place to turn, turn to thanksgiving! Thank the Lord for his forgiveness, his blessings, his promises, and all that he has done and is going to do. In everything, give thanks!
Our worship should express a heart of thanksgiving to our God, who has done so much for us. Charles Spurgeon, the most widely read and often quoted preacher in history wrote, “We are permitted to bring our petitions, and therefore we are in honor bound to bring our thanksgivings.” 1
Shouting joyfully is what David intended with this psalm. We can also surmise that he turned the attention of God’s people to the broader collection of psalms as a source of inspiration for their worship.
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The act of worship is not limited to simply attending church services or singing songs. True worship involves a heartfelt expression of joy, thanksgiving, and praise towards God. When we engage in worship with an attitude of joy and thanksgiving, we create an atmosphere that invites the presence of God into our lives. It not only uplifts our own souls but also brings glory to God. Let us strive to cultivate a spirit of thanksgiving and praise in our worship, allowing it to be a genuine reflection of our love and adoration for the Lord.Consider the Daily Bread email message sent on 2/23/2009 and 10/30/2023 which says,
Psalm 95:2 – Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving,
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. (NASB)
When we have a problem or situation that requires divine guidance we absolutely need to ask God for help and advice. We need to take it to the LORD in prayer. But start the prayer with joyful thanks. Don’t be a spoiled brat – thank God before the answer comes and joyfully thank Him for the multitude of blessings He has already given you. Start every prayer for guidance with thankfulness, praise, then petition/supplication.
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- Spurgeon, Charles Haddon. “Commentary on Psalms 40:2”. “Spurgeon’s Verse Expositions of the Bible”. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/spe/psalms-40.html. 2011. These files are public domain.