Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations. — Psalm 100
Where can we find a worshiper who envy a sparrow or a swallow just because of their uninterrupted access to God’s altar (Psalm 84:3). Our genuineness in worship is not revealed by our physical presence in the church but by our desire of being in His Presence always and behold Him. (Psalm 84:10). ― Santosh Thankachan
While most of us chose a story from the Bible as our favorite scripture, it was Claire who went to the Book of Psalms to find hers — Psalm 100. I think she would agree with Martin Luther who said, “Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music.”
Claire is a true worshiper. It came as no surprise that she selected Psalm 100 as favorite scripture.
What is a true worshiper? Todd Sturgell put it quite well: “True worship is a whole-life response to God’s greatness and glory. The only fitting response to all He has done is to give back to Him all that we are. Worship is not determined by what we say but how we live. All of us leave a trail with our action. At the end of that trail sits a throne.”
A cruel reality of the COVID-19 pandemic is that singing spreads the disease. Perhaps God wants more from us than “lip service.” Perhaps God wants our worship to be what we do with our lives.
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” (John 4:23) That time has already come for Claire.