Are we serving the Lord with gladness? God wants people to see the Lord through us serving him as a happy people.

Psalm 100:2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

We won’t be attractive to people if we’re discouraged, depressed, or down and out. God wants us to rise above those things. God want us to praise him regardless of what our outward circumstances are.

Psalm 113:1-3…Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.

The choir song “Praise Him” says, “Praise Him, Praise Him, Jesus, blessed Savior, He’s worthy to be praised. From the rising of the sun, Until the going down of the same; He’s worthy, Jesus is worthy, He’s worthy to be praised… God is our rock, Hope of salvation, A strong deliverer, In Him will I always trust. From the rising of the sun, Until the going down of the same; He’s worthy, Jesus is worthy, He’s worthy to be praised.”

The queen of Sheba heard about Solomon’s wisdom and came to see him. She saw that all his servants were happy. They had many menial tasks but they weren’t grumbling and complaining. They were doing whatever the king asked. God wants people to see we’re happy serving God – not looking like serving is just a bunch of rules and regulations!

I Kings 10:6-9 And she said…It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard. Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom. Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the Lord loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.

We delight in what God has done for us – taking care of us and supplying all our needs. God wants his word to dwell in us.

Colossians 3:16-17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Don’t let all the social media to dwell in us. Dwell on psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs that encourage and strengthen us for the battle. We have grief and sorrows but we like to trust God and serve him. We know he has everything under control and will supply all our needs. Speak to yourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.

Ephesians 5:19-20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Our mind drives all we do. You determine the attitude you have for the day by the thoughts you dwell on in your mind. We can’t dwell on social media but on what God wants us to. God wants us to have the mind of Christ. We won’t have the mind of Christ if we’re dwelling on everything going on in the world. We have to train our mind to think about things God is please with. We determine what the attitude of our heart is going to be every day. Attitude: an internal position or feeling in regard to something else; disposition, feeling, mood, opinion, temper, perspective, frame of mind, outlook, view.

Airplanes use attitude to describe their horizontal relationship when they approach the runway. If their attitude isn’t aligned right, they’ll crash. They must have the right attitude to land safely. Our attitude is our inward disposition toward things, people, or circumstances. When you’re dealing with another person, there’s going to be an attitude. God is asking that our attitude be like the mind of Christ. When we get saved, we have to change our attitude to be like Christ.

Paul and Silas didn’t do anything wrong, but they were stripped, beaten, and put in prison with their feet in stocks. They didn’t find fault with the guard and those who beat them, or cry about their rights being taken away. At midnight they sang and praised God. They committed themselves to whatever God wanted. If they hadn’t committed themselves to God, they wouldn’t have been singing at midnight. We have to commit our lives to what God wants to serve the Lord with gladness. God used them so the jailer and his household were saved because they sang and praised God. If they were crying about their rights, there’d be no testimony God could use. Serving God with gladness ensures we have the right attitude.

Acts 16:22-25 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten…After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison…and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

David asked himself why he was mourning and troubled about the enemy’s oppression. The enemy was discouraging him and asked, where is your God? David said he’d hope in God and yet praise him. David encouraged himself in God because he trusted him. We have to turn all negative thoughts around. Negative thoughts won’t cause you to trust God but to trust the arm of the flesh and your feelings. God wants us to trust him, no matter how we feel. David didn’t feel good but said he’d hope in God. Trusting God as our hope is how we serve him with gladness 24 hours a day. He helps and strengthens us.

Psalm 42:8-11…Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and…night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach…say daily unto me, Where is thy God? Why art thou cast down…why art thou disquieted…? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him…the health of my countenance…

To serve the Lord with gladness, we have to make sure we’ve given our whole self as a sacrifice. Our mind has to be transformed. It can’t be like when we were in sin. We have to keep our attitude and thoughts of our mind like Christ.

Romans 12:2…be not conformed to this world: but…transformed by the renewing of your mind…prove what is…will of God.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

The enemy wants to put in a lot of negative thoughts – anxiety, envy, anger, bitterness, pride, criticism, fault-finding, defiance, impatience, presumption, arrogance, rudeness, complaining, being offended, resentful. But you determine what kind of thoughts and day you have by what you’re thinking. God doesn’t want us to think negative but positive thoughts. We need to learn to master our thoughts. We can have positive thoughts – this too shall pass, and God has good things we’re getting from this situation (online services that reach more people), I can handle this because God will help me. I have control of my actions and my attitudes. I need to make sure my attitudes are ones God can use. We need to accept things that are out of our control. We read in Hebrews 11 of all the difficulties of the faithful who made heaven regardless of circumstances. They “escaped the edge of the sword…had trial of cruel mockings and scourging…bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned…sawn asunder…slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins…destitute, afflicted, tormented…”

David was the only one God said was “a man after mine own heart.” When Saul disobeyed God, Samuel anointed David. The Spirit of God came on David, but it left Saul and an evil spirit came on Saul. David started the practice of singing and praising God by the ark. He encouraged people to sing and praise like no other. David wrote 337 psalms of rejoicing and praise.

Acts 13:21-23 And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul…And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David…a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Of this man’s seed hath God…raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

David sinned with Bathsheba and lost his joy, but God restored his joy when he repented. We keep joy in our heart by salvation.

II Chronicles 16:7-12…David delivered first this psalm to thank the Lord…Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

Nehemiah dedicated the rebuilt wall in Jerusalem. It was important to him to sing, praise, and thank God like David had.

Nehemiah 12:27 And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites…to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with gladness…thanksgivings, and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps…

Nehemiah 12:45-46 And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their God, and…the purification, according to the commandment of David…For in the days of David…there were…singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.

(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)