“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth” (Psalm 100:1).
The imperatives given in this Psalm regarding praise are strong and emphatic. We should not be surprised that a joyful expression of shouting sets the stage for the admonitions that follow. It is the spirit of joy and thanksgiving that shapes our perspective on the whole of life. The Lord is not hard of hearing, but he needs to hear from the joyful hearts of his people.