Worship the Lord with Thanksgiving
Psalm 100 is one of the four Psalms that has only five verses. In other translations, you can see a caption below the title that says: “A Psalm. For Giving Thanks.” It is said that Israelites use this Psalm for their thanksgiving offerings.
A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. –Psalm 100:1
In verse one we can read, “Make a joyful “noise” unto the Lord”. The word “noise” here comes from the Hebrew root, “ruwa”, which means “to shout, raise a sound, cry out, give a blast”. It can mean “to shout in triumph”, as a battle cry. It is the same Hebrew word we can read in Joshua 6:20, when the Israelites shouted with a great shout after going around the city of Jericho for seven days and the walls of Jericho fell flat on the ground. It is a shout to glory in the power and might of God.
It could also mean a shout in applause. It is a joyful noise in the presence of the Lord. It is welcoming the great and mighty King before His congregation. There is nothing more joyful than being with the great King of kings; experiencing His glory, power, holiness and His goodness. It is not just an ordinary noise of people shouting aimlessly, but an exceptional noise of singing voices that carries the glory of God that comes from the heart that seeks to dwell in the presence of the holy God.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.-Psalm 100:2
It is the desire of the Lord that we should come to Him in the spirit of joy and gladness. It is His desire that we serve Him or worship Him with gladness that comes from a loving heart and not just out of liturgical duty or religious tradition, which we best express through singing (in Psalms 63:5, the psalmist calls it “joyful lips”).
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.-Psalm 100:3
The Psalmist gives us a reason to rejoice by reminding us that God has created us according to His image and likeness. No matter what we have gained for ourselves, we should always realize that we can do nothing apart from Him and it gives us a great consolation to know that the Awesome God Himself is our Shepherd. He is the Good Shepherd and He will take care of each one of us according to His purpose.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.-Psalm 100:4
There is great reason to give thanks unto the Lord for every good thing that we receive and there is nowhere else that is most appropriate to worship the Lord with thanksgiving and rejoicing than in the church. The words from the Psalmist should encourage us not to forsake our meeting together as a church instead take advantage of it to praise the wonders of God’s works in our lives before our brethren. In that way, they too may be encouraged in the Lord.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.-Psalm 100:5
God is always good in every season. Even in the middle of pestilence, disasters, or war, the goodness of God will remain and those who choose to trust Him will never be disappointed. His mercy never ends even unto our children and our children’s children.
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