As we prepare for worship, be reminded that joy is inseparably linked to genuine worship. Our joy has its basis in God’s grace, mercy and daily care for us:


PSALM 95:1-6

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

For the LORD is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.

In His hand are the deep places of the earth;


Looking from Masada at the Dead Sea, Lowest Point on Earth. By Dainis Matisons, Mezares, Latvia [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios


Dead Sea: World’s Lowest Point. By Dieter Manske, 1971, (scanned from film negative). [CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

The heights of the hills are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.

PSALM 96:1-3

Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
Sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless His name;

Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.

Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonders among all peoples.

Let your worship today be characterized by joy flowing from your innermost being!

© Charles E. McCracken 2016, text content only.  Repost/Reprint with permission from the author.  Scripture from the NKJV.