Psalms 100:1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. (DELIGHT) 2. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. (SERVICE) 3. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (DEPENDENCE) 4. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (GRATITUDE) 5. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Psalms 100:1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
- “praise” = adoration, worship, confession, thanksgiving
- The Hebrew for joyful noise states “to split the ear with sound, shout
- David, the musician, is encouraging everyone everywhere to praise the LORD boldly whether or not they can carry a tune or play an instrument perfectly.
Psalms 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
- Some translations use the word worship instead of serve, which is correct from the Hebrew; but it also means “to work, to labor.”
- It’s easy to associate gladness (joy, glee, pleasure) with worship, but we are also to be joyful as we do the work of the Lord.
- The Hebrew for singing included the idea of triumph or success.
Psalms 100:3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
- Know ye that the Lord, he is God. Our worship must be intelligent. We ought to know whom we worship and why.
- He wants to take care of us as tenderly as the Shepherd cares for His sheep. He wants us to recognize our weakness and helplessness without Him.
Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
- The first half of this verse is speaking of an enclosed place that is defined as His. This would also imply that the entrance is controlled.
- John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
- John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
- John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
- The wording is clear that all are invited to enter. It is also clear that the invitation is limited to those who are coming with thanksgiving and praise.
THERE ARE FOUR SIGNIFICANT ASPECTS OF THANKFULNESS.
- (1) Remembering what God has done
- (2) Telling others about it
- (3) Showing God’s glory to others
- (4) Offering gifts of self, time, and resources. If you are truly thankful, your
life will show it.
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