Read Psalm 100.
I can’t read Psalm 100 without hearing my niece Julia’s voice in my head, reciting it in the King James Version. She was four years old, and her preschool class memorized the psalm as part of their Thanksgiving celebration. “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands” (v. 1 KJV). There’s just something about the sweet voice of a child annunciating the ye. It’s a like a royal proclamation being delivered by a chipmunk.
Cuteness aside, this psalm reminds us that the world is not as it will one day be. An age is coming when people of all nations will worship the Lord. They will “enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise” (v. 4). The prophet Micah caught a glimpse of this future: “In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it” (Micah 4:1).
These days, it seems people are divided in a thousand different ways. Name the issue—politics, religion, Starbucks holiday cups—and I’ll show you polarized tribes who couldn’t find middle ground if it were made out of peanut butter and chocolate. Yet that is not the end of things. The world will come together like never before to worship the Lord. Weapons and shouts will fall to the earth, and people who could never see eye to eye before will lock arms in solidarity. It’s going to be beautiful.
Christians taste this reality today. Though we may come from every background imaginable and occupy geography as far spread as the world is round, we are one body, joined together as family, with ties that go deeper than mere blood. The apostle Paul wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Of course, he penned those words to believers who weren’t exactly living that ethic out, so we know this unity is not automatic, but rather something that must be embraced.
So, Psalm 100 stands as a reminder of what is here now and what is still to come. It is our hope but also a reminder of how we ought to be living right now. It puts everything into perspective: nothing matters as much as our worship of the Lord. Absolutely nothing. It’s what will bring us all together in the end.