What does a life of worship mean to you?
Psalm 100 A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
1Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.2Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
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Tom Davis wrote one of my favorite Saturday Night Live sketches, “Don’t Pray So Much” for Season 19, 1993. Jesus Christ (Phil Hartman) visits a religious housewife (Sally Field) to ask her to please stop praying about every little thing. She prays that her rice won’t be sticky; that ‘Laura and Luke’ from General Hospital will get back together again; that her garbage disposal won’t get clogged up. I’m fairly certain that this sketch was not supposed to be a lesson in prayer and worship! Psalm 100 gives us a much clearer picture of how we can live a life of worship.
On Sunday mornings, we gather as a community to “Worship the Lord with gladness…”; to “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; (to) give thanks to him and praise his name.” But let’s notice that Psalm 100 doesn’t have a specific time or day of the week in any of its verses. It’s a way of being in the presence of God, a way to worship God at any time. Even on days or times when we don’t want to or feel like singing ‘joyful songs’ in God’s presence, we can remember that “the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues…”
We don’t need to pray to God about ‘sticky rice’, but we can pay attention to how God weaves through the tapestry of our daily lives. For me, a life of worship means perceiving God’s presence, walking humbly with Him, giving thanks, confessing, praying and trying to live as Jesus would have me live. I pray that I will always notice the ‘God-things’ that happen as I try to live a life of worship.
We pray: Thank you, God, for the freedom to worship You as a way of life. We are your people, and we pray that we will bring honor and glory to You with every breath we take. Guide us, be with us and help us to pay attention to Your presence in our lives. In Jesus’ holy name we pray, Amen.
PS — You can see the entire Saturday Night Live sketch at this link: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/dont-pray-so-much/n10516?snl=1
JoAnne (Jo) Neish