Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | November 27, 2009

Give Thanks | Psalm 100

Although the writer of Psalm 100 is not identified, he was doubtless someone who understood the worship of God. This Psalm is a call to praise and thanksgiving and was probably sung antiphonally. Verses 1-3 were probably sung by worshipers approaching the temple for worship with verses 4 and 5 serving as the antiphonal response. According to Psalm 100, we are to “Shout joyfully,” “Serve the Lord,” “Come before Him,” “Know,” “Enter,” and “Give thanks to Him [and] bless His name.” These are proper responses of the creature to the Creator.

100:1 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.

God is worthy of our highest praise and adoration. The whole earth and all of its inhabitants are called to praise the Lord.

100:2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.

God is worthy of cheerful service. We should serve Him out of a heart overflowing with gratitude. God’s people should sing joyfully to Him in worship. Watts, the great hymn writer, wrote these words: “Let those refuse to sing who never knew our God; but favorites of the heavenly king must speak His praise abroad.” Lloyd John Ogilvie wrote, “Joy is the outward sign of the inner experience of grace. Gladness, not grimness, is the distinguishing mark of anyone who is truly thankful for the goodness of the Lord.” Our lives should reflect the joy of knowing the Lord and serve as letters of recommendation for Him. Our service should be rendered out of a heart filled with gratitude for who God is and what He has done for us.

100:3 Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

No one assisted or advised God in creation. He alone is God. He said to Job, “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” (Job 38:4). Isaiah 55:8-9 records, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ’For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.'” God has made us and we are His. He shepherds us as His people, knows us intimately, and is concerned about our welfare.

100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

Those who have tasted God’s goodness should give thanks. Those who have been forgiven should give thanks. Those who understand who God is and who they are in relation to Him should give thanks.

100:5 For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting,
And His faithfulness to all generations.

The statement, “For the Lord is good,” sums up God’s character and is more than sufficient reason for us to praise Him. He indeed is good and we should always keep in mind that He allows us to serve Him because He is good, not because we are good. We should praise God because of who He is. He is not only good, He is also merciful (an expression of His goodness in relation to sinners) and absolutely trustworthy. God is faithful and just, right in all His dealings with us, and always keeps His word.


Responses

  1. Psalm 100 was one of the first Psalms I memorized as a child. This year, our family we have tasted and seen the goodness of the Lord in so many ways. We have much to give thanks for. So this Thanksgiving my husband and I taught this Psalm to our young boys (ages 4 & 6). We all recited it together before our meal. I was blessed to hear them hide this Psalm in their little hearts.

  2. Ely…

    Wonderful. Thanks for leading your boys to hide God’s Word in their hearts. I too, love memorizing the Psalms because they not only speak to me, they also speak for me. Thanks for your inspiring comment.

    Blessings,
    Omar~

  3. Lydia & I, we are re-reading and worshiping God! She is memorizing the Scriptures, from the chapter 100. And I am happy to learning together!

    Mortuza
    Bangladesh

  4. Mortuza…

    Thanks for teaching your little girl to love and to memorize the Scriptures. When we hide God’s Word in our hearts no one can take it away from us. It is always there to help guide us to live in a way that pleases God.

    Blessings,
    Omar~


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