Psalms 100:1, 2; 101:6; 102:21,22;103:20-22; 104:4; 105:17,22,26; 106:3,23,30-31,48
The psalmist lays emphasis on serving the Lord in our texts. “SERVE the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” He reveals how we can serve the Lord acceptably, profitably, righteously and with focus to please Him in all things and at all times. The Lord makes believers who “do his pleasure” “a flaming fire”. As saints, we are expected to serve Him and “teach his [people] wisdom”. To serve the Lord and in His church, we must “keep judgment, and… [do] righteousness at all times”.
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Psalms 100:2,3; 101:6
Serving the Lord requires possessing an appropriate character. We are expected to “Serve the LORD with gladness” and “in a perfect way”. Just as our Lord Jesus Christ chose the twelve disciples and sent them forth to preach the gospel, so has He called us into His service to win the lost?
(i). The Command to Minister and Serve the Lord (Ahyεdeε a εwͻ hͻ sε yεnsom Awurade no)
Psalm 100:2,3; Deuteronomy 10:12,13; Colossians 3:23,24; Luke 4:8
The Lord has given us a command to “Serve [Him] with gladness [and] …with singing”. Knowledge of His attributes, character, majesty and exaltation should affect our service to Him. We should, therefore, render exceptional service to God without any reservation. Like Christ, we must refuse to bow to the devil. We must “worship the Lord [our] God, and [serve] him only”. Our service to the Lord must be special and beyond any performance that we can give any organisation in the world.
(ii). The Character of Ministers and Servants of the Lord
Psalm 101:2-6; 1 Corinthians 4:1,2; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 2 Timothy 2:2-6,19,21,22
Ministers and servants of the Lord are expected to have fitting character. Despite serving the Lord in the capacity of a king, David said, “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way… I will walk within my house with a perfect heart”. Although the work of God demands many people in the workforce, genuine ministers must look beyond the skills or talents of workers and consider their Christian experiences, honest and transparent lives. Leaders themselves must be perfect and lead exemplary lives. “Moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful.” To be fruitful in service, we ought to be “sober [and] of good behaviour”. More so, we must have sound knowledge of the Word and grace of God to lead the church to growth and steadfastness in the Lord.
(iii). The Cost of Mercenaries in Service for the Lord (Apaafoͻ a wͻresom Awurade no ka a wͻbͻ no)
Psalm 101:7,8; Malachi 2:8,12; Romans 11:22; Galatians 5:7-9,12,19-21
Mercenaries in God’s service are people who serve the Lord only for what they can gain. Such people who are not saved and do not have the character, consecration and consistency to do the work of God cost the kingdom of God a great deal when they are put in position to serve. Like Achan, Judas Iscariot and Jeroboam, they “are departed out of the way [and] caused many to stumble at the law…” The Lord promises to “cut off” all mercenaries who are unholy and do not possess the character of a called and commissioned minister.
2. THE CONSECRATION AND CONSISTENCY OF MESSENGERS WHO SERVE THE LORD
ASOMFOƆ A WƆSOM AWURADE NO AHOFAMA NE WƆN NTƆKƆSOƆ
Psalms 102:21,22; 103:20-22
As believers, we must be consecrated and consistent as we serve the Lord. We must understand that we are remodelled to “do his pleasure”, not ours.
(i). Consistent Messengers Who Declare His Prophecy (Asomfoͻ A wͻwͻ ntͻkͻsoͻ a wͻka ne Nkͻmhyε no)
Psalm 103:20; Luke 1:18-20; Hebrews 2:2,3; Jude 1:6
“Bless the LORD, ye his angels that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word”. The angels of the Lord are consistent messengers who never disobey Him. Like them, we must be consistent in declaring the Word whenever and to whoever God sends us. We must do His bidding consistently without any excuse. As the Lord calls us, we must serve Him and minister in the grace and power of the Spirit that He has given us.
(ii). Consecrated Ministers Who Do His Pleasure (Asomfo a wͻwͻ ahofama a wͻyε n’anisͻdeε)
Psalm 103:21,22; Isaiah 44:28; Galatians 1:10-16; Hebrews 10:38,39
“Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure”. Consecrated ministers of the Lord do what pleases Him at all times. Despite persecution, they remain faithful and never yield to the pressure to please men. We must not lose focus, courage or conviction because the Lord, the Final Judge, will evaluate our activities – whether we were totally committed and consecrated to Him or not. For the believer who compromises his Christian stand, the Lord says, “my soul shall have no pleasure in him”.
(iii). Confined Mouths Who Deliver His Precepts (Ano a wͻasͻ mu a wͻka ne nhyehy1eε)
Ezekiel 3:26,27; John 8:28,29; Acts 20:20,21,26-28; 1 Timothy 4:1,2,15,16
Ezekiel’s mouth was confined to deliver only God’s precepts. “And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb… But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear…” Our mouth, strength, skill and ability should be used for declaring God’s word. Ministers should know when to be quiet and when to speak in order to be effective in the Lord’s work.
3. THE CONSCIENCE AND CONSCIENTIOUSNESS OF MODELS WHO SERVED THE LORD
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Psalms 104:4; 105:21,22,26; 106:3,23,30,31
Believers must follow the conscience and conscientiousness of models who served the Lord faithfully.
(i). The Exceptional Flame of a Convicting Minister (Ogya sonowonko a ͻsomfoͻ a ͻwͻ gyidie no wͻ)
Psalms 104:4; 106:29-31; Numbers 25:10-13; Acts 2:3,36-42
The words of ministers should bring conviction to the heart of sinners and drive them to repentance because the Lord “maketh… his ministers a flaming fire”. Apostle Peter had been fearful to preach the Word but he developed courage to do so when the fire of the Holy Ghost came upon him. This brought conviction to the heart of the people. Thus, they were “pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Baptism in the Holy Ghost makes our words and messages to bring conviction to the heart of the people who hear us.
(ii). The Essential Faultlessness of a Conscientious Messenger (Ɔsomfoͻ a ͻwͻ ahonim no hia a 1hia ma no sε ͻnni mfomsoͻ biara)
Psalm 105:17-22; Genesis 39:9-12; Revelation 14:4,5; Jude 1:20-25
Servants and ministers of the Lord must be faultless. Joseph was faultless everywhere he found himself and in everything he did. The same faultlessness is required of us. The grace that was available to the worthies of old who were “without fault before the throne of God” is available to keep us faultless and holy today.
(iii). The Exemplary Faithfulness of a Courageous Moses (Ɔkokoͻdurofoͻ Mose nokorεdie a εyε nhwεsoͻ)
Psalm 106:16,23; Numbers 12:7-9; Hebrews 11:24-27; Revelation 17:14
Moses was courageous and “faithful” to the Lord in everything he did. We should examine ourselves and strive to be faithful and courageous like him. The Lord wants us to be faithful in godliness, declaring the gospel and in being examples of faultlessness. Therefore, wherever we are and whatever we do, we should remain faithful to God who will evaluate our work and reward us on the final day.