“Serve the Lord with gladness” (Psalm 100:2).
The spirit and attitude in which we serve the Lord is very important. The writer of Psalm 100 was a joyful servant. If our service becomes dull and mechanical, we need to examine our hearts, and ask ourselves why?
There may be a number of reasons why our service has become mere drudgery. Perhaps it is because we are not carrying out the rest of the verse, which tells us, “Come before His presence with singing.” We are not rejoicing in the Lord, therefore we are not happy servants. The inspired writer’s singing was the expression of an overflowing heart. The writer of Psalm 2 exhorts us, “Serve the Lord … and rejoice” (verse 11). The Queen of Sheba, when visiting Solomon, noted, “Happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee” (1 Kings 10:8).
Maybe our heart just isn’t in it. Samuel said to the Israelites, “Serve the Lord with all your heart” (1 Samuel 12:20). The Lord wants us to serve Him, but He wants us to do it with gladness and wholeheartedness. Are you a happy servant? If the Lord is the delight of your heart, then you will be a happy servant.