“A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.”
Part of serving the LORD is attitude. Notice the words in this psalm: “joyful, gladness, singing, thanksgiving, praise,” and “thankful.” Each of these words are the result of these words: “make, serve, come, enter,” and “be.” This psalm represents the attitudes that the LORD wants the believer to have while doing His work. In other words, these attitudes are what make the believer different from everyone else. With these thoughts in mind, let me share several observations about this psalm of attitude.
First, every attitude is a choice. You choose to be these attitudes as much as you choose not to have these attitudes. These attitudes are the result of a believer who chooses to live on topside instead of living underneath the clouds of drudgery. You choosing to have these attitudes is a choice to conquer your spirit. If you allow your spirit to control you instead of the Holy Spirit, these attitudes will never be a part of your life. The way the believer chooses to make these attitudes a part of their life is by yielding to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to control your spirit.
Second, every attitude is an influence from within. In other words, you can’t have these attitudes when you allow outside circumstances to dictate your spirit. If you allow outside circumstances to influence your spirit, you will never find these attitudes to be a part of your life. Your attitude should be influenced by what you possess within rather than allowing the outside circumstances to dictate your attitude. An overcoming and joyful attitude is the result of choosing to let the joy of Christ from within leak out through your outward spirit. You will enjoy life more if you let the within dictate your spirit instead of the without.
Third, every attitude is an influence of action. The actions that make a good attitude are actions of service rather than the actions of self-focus. Every attitude that God commanded the believer to have is a result of doing right. You will find your spirit begin to change AS you do right. You cannot have a right or joyful spirit when you are not right with your Creator and Saviour. A right spirit is the result of the right actions that force the believer to look within instead of without. You always find yourself having a right spirit as you are leading a person to Christ. You find yourself having a right spirit as you sing about the LORD. You find your spirit to be thankful as you enter the courts of God in prayer. Your spirit problem is an action problem. You will find your spirit change to a victorious spirit as you serve the LORD.
Fourth, every attitude is in spite of a circumstance. The reason you have a bad spirit is not because of what you are facing, but because you choose to focus from without instead of from within. Every attitude in this psalm happens in spite of the hardships and gloom from without. It is having a good attitude in spite of life’s circumstances that cause others to notice something different about you. When you make these attitudes a part of your Christian walk is when you will see the goodness and mercy of the LORD and start making an influence on others.
The answer to making the greatest influence on others is to have a right spirit. My friend, yield to the Holy Spirit and look at what you have within, and you will discover it is easy to have a right spirit to display in spite of life’s circumstances.