Serve the Lord with Gladness
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is
God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we
are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates
with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful
unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy
is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Many professing Christians take the blessings that God has bestowed upon
us for granted, not perceiving the privilege that is ours, the thankfulness
due to Him, and the gladness of heart.
It even goes to the thankfulness and gladness of being able to give something
back to Him that gave us Life. In the old Covenant it was tithing:
Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth
forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the
place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn,
of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy
flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. And if
the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or
if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose
to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: Then shalt
thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and
shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: And thou shalt
bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for
sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth:
and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice,
thou, and thine household,
While this is not a teaching on tithing, it shows how one's heart should
be when coming before the Lord.
You see, the Lord God Loves us and wants us to be happy and glad in serving
For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant. And
he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness:
And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of
the people; That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise
ye the LORD.
The purpose of tithing is not to keep your church in funds. The purpose
of giving is to show the Lord in a practical manner that you and I love
Him enough to be happy in our obedience.
Isn't Christian giving more than mere "tithing"? Doesn't it show a grateful
Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes,
which came from Jerusalem. And when they saw some of his disciples eat
bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands
oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. And when they come
from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things
there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups,
and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables. Then the Pharisees and scribes
asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the
elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? He answered and said unto them,
Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as
it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their
heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for
doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of
God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups:
and many other such like things ye do. And
he said unto them, Full well ye reject the
commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. For Moses said,
Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother,
let him die the death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or
mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou
mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. And ye suffer him
no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of God
of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many
such like things do ye. And when he had called
all the people unto him, he said unto them,
Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: There is nothing
from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things
which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. If any man have
ears to hear, let him hear. And when he was entered into the house
from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. And he
saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding
also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into
the man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his
heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all
meats? And he said, That which cometh out
of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of
men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts,
covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy,
pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile
Some additional passages of Scripture to bless you and make you think -
a little bit:
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits,
even the God of our salvation. Selah.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise
unto him with psalms.
*A Psalm of David.* Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within
me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not
all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy
diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with
lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;
so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among
the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous
works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek
the LORD. Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. Remember
his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments
of his mouth;
Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them
out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered
them from their destructions. Oh that men would praise the
LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the
children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and declare his works with rejoicing.
What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?
I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. I
will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.
Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine
increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall
burst out with new wine. My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD;
neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth;
even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Happy is
the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver,
and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies:
and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length
of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches
and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths
are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon
her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for
one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that
he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him:
for it is his portion. Every man also to whom God hath given riches
and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion,
and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. For he shall
not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him
in the joy of his heart.
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from
the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always
in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship
in the gospel from the first day until now;
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor
trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly
all things to enjoy;
(1 Timothy 6:17)
You might say, "why with gladness? Servitude is a serious business."
Yes, it is, isn't it, if you serve someone to whom you owe loyalty because
of your salary every week.
But what about if you willingly serve someone out of love?
Do you serve your marriage partner out of love?
How about someone who saved your life, say by pulling you alive out of
a burning motor car and risking his or her life in doing so?
What about the Person who saved your everlasting life? He who was willingly
tortured to death for you, to show His love and sincerity.
How self-ish can we be?
Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the
multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even
at the Red sea. Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he
might make his mighty power to be known. He rebuked the Red sea also, and
it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.
And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed
them from the hand of the enemy. And the waters covered their enemies:
there was not one of them left. Then believed they his words; they sang
his praise. They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:
But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.
And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.
Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good:
for his mercy endureth for ever. Who can utter the mighty acts of
the LORD? who can shew forth all his praise? Blessed are
they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all
times. Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou bearest unto
thy people: O visit me with thy salvation; That I may see the good of thy
chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory
with thine inheritance. We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed
iniquity, we have done wickedly.
How often do we each pause, take time out, praise our God with or without
music accompaniment, forgetting ourselves and our worldly striving and
make music in our hearts as a sweet savour to our Lord?
How about a happy prayer to bless God and make Him glad?
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth
the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Such as sit
in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction
and iron; Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned
the counsel of the most High: Therefore he brought down their heart with
labour; they fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried
unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their
bands in sunder. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his
goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!