1. Since God’s people can make a joyful noise unto God (Psalms 100:1), does that imply that sorrowful noise is possible as well?
Yes: “They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn” (Jeremiah 31:9).
*God’s people can make a noise that He does not joy in because they were in error: “(21) I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. (22) Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. (23) Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. (24) But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. (25) Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? (26) But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. (27) Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts” (Amos 5:21-27).
* God’s people are told to make a joyful noise unto God (Psalms 66:1, Psalms 95:1-2, Psalms 98:4, and Psalms 100:1).
2. “Serve the LORD with ____________________: come before his presence with singing” (Psalms 100:2).
“Gladness” is the answer.
* “(47) Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; (48) Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee” (Deuteronomy 28:47-48).
* “I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High” (Psalms 9:2).
* “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms” (James 5:13).
* “Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart” (Psalms 32:11).
* We shouldn’t be these sour, grumpy, complainers that are murmuring [grumbling] all the time (Philippians 2:14).
* “Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD” (Psalms 144:15).
3. What points did the Psalmist make to remind God’s people to be thankful?
“(3) 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. (4) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (5) For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations” (Psalms 100:3-5).
* God created us physically (Genesis 1:27, Ecclesiastes 12:1, Isaiah 40:28, and I Peter 4:19) and spiritually (Ephesians 2:10, II Corinthians 5:17, and Colossians 3:10).
* He is our shepherd (John 10:14-15 and I Peter 2:25).
* He is merciful (Titus 3:5 and James 5:11).
* His truth endures to all generations (Psalms 146:5-6).
* “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thessalonians 5:18).
4. For class discussion, please prepare some points of things we should be happy about (with Scriptures).
A. We should be happy because we are saved (Psalms 13:5, Psalms 35:9, Psalms 70:4, and Habakkuk 3:18; cf. II Thessalonians 2:12).
1. We have the truth that saves us (John 8:32 and Colossians 1:5-6).
2. Being saved means that we have the love of God (John 16:27, Ephesians 2:1-5, and I John 3:1).
B. We should be happy because of the fellowship we have here (Psalms 133:1 and I Corinthians 12:12).
1. With few disciples (Matthew 22:14), we have something here to be happy about (Ephesians 2:19).
2. Think of the benefits of having the saints here (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, II Corinthians 13:11, Galatians 6:2, Ephesians 4:16, I Thessalonians 5:11, I John 3:14, etc.).
C. We should be happy because you have today provided of God to perfect yourself (II Peter 3:9-10) and / or help others (James 5:20).
D. We should be happy because God has provided us with the necessities of life (Romans 8:28; 31; 35-39).
1. We don’t need to worry about the “hard times” (Luke 12:22-31).
2. We need to remember the source of our “things” (II Corinthians 9:9-11).
E. We should be happy because if we find that we have been forsaken by all, we still have the Lord (Psalms 27:10 and Hebrews 13:5-6).
F. We should be happy because of the simple things we often overlook which surround us (Psalms 19:1 and Acts 17:22-29).
G. We should be happy because the Lord is a righteous judge (Psalms 119:137, II Timothy 4:8, and II Peter 2:9).
The list could go on and on, and for some would include things like our marriages (Genesis 2:21-24), children (Psalms 127:3), etc (James 1:17-18).