The aim of the devotional study is to reflect on the year (or recent season), recognize God’s goodness and render him the thanks and praise due to him.
1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
2 Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5 For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Note the outline: A call to worship (verse 1-2) | Worship God for Who He is (verse 3) | A call to worship (verse 4) | Worship God for what He is like (verse 5)
- What is the mood of the psalmist? (note the adverbs or descriptive words in verses 1 and 2)
- What is the key theme or call of this Psalm? (verse 4)
- To whom does this call go out? (verse 1)
- Why could this universal invitation be considered strange?
- Why does the Psalmist think it is appropriate that this call to thanksgiving and praise is appropriate for “all the earth”? (hint: consider verse 3)
- Considering the pastoral parable in verse 3, for what would “all the earth” give thanks to God? (hint: what does a shepherd do for sheep? compare Psalm 23)
- Can you identify seven ways given in this Psalm of how God should be worshipped?
- We should praise God for who he is:
- Who does this Psalm say God is? (identify five… verses 1 and 3)
- What does this Psalm say God’s character is like? (verse 5)
- Thanksgiving benefits the believer: how does the discipline of stopping to think of and thank God for what he has done impact a person?
- In which ways have you recently experienced the Good Shepherd’s
- protection, and
- Are there other ways in which you have experienced the Lord’s faithful, loving goodness during this year?
- Take time to respond with appropriate worship
- joyful thanksgiving: declaring what God has done for you
- prayer of praise: declaring who God is to you
- worship God with other believers.