Sermon from Psalm 100 by Pastor Nathanael Mayhew.
Theme: The LORD gives His Church unending joy!
Lutheran worship services are often seen as dull and somber. While the gravity of the message proclaimed is somber because of our sin, our worship is never without joy because of God's salvation in Christ. Through the Bible, God has revealed Himself to us as our Creator and Preserver. This knowledge leads us to Shout, Serve, and Come. All of these verbs are a joyful response to our Creator. The knowledge of who God is and what He has done is intended to motivate both believers and unbelievers to joyfully serve the LORD. But the LORD has done more. He is good and merciful. In His mercy He has redeemed sinners to Himself through Christ. Our debt of sin has been paid, and we have been reconciled to God. Our natural response to such a wonderful blessing is to give the LORD thanks and praise for His love in Jesus. Yes, Lutheran worship can be somber because it clearly announces mankind's sin. But it is also full of joy through the knowledge of our Savior's work of salvation for us!