Posted by: missionventureministries | November 18, 2012

SERVING THE LORD WITH THANKSGIVING – Psalm 100

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing. 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. 4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His loving kindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100

This Psalm is a psalm about thanksgiving, worship and knowing God. It is a Psalm addressed to the inner hearts of men and women. It calls for praise and thanksgiving and worship with gladness. It was not just a call to Israel to praise God, but for “all the earth” (Psalms 100:1).

When the psalmist speaks of worship, he is not simply speaking of something that occurred at the Temple in Jerusalem, but rather of continual service to God.

This Psalm is as relevant today as it was at the time it was written. God still wants His people to “shout joyfully to the Lord.” Whether we are assembled with the saints or are serving God in our daily walk, this service, according to the psalmist, is to express joy and delight.

Christians have every reason to praise God for His great love for us, to adopt us as sons and daughters through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3-14), and this Psalm is a call to praise. The psalmist articulates this summons to praise with three directives: Shout, serve, and come. In other words, the psalmist desires that “all the earth” submit to the power and presence of God.   

When a person celebrates with joy to the Lord, then they “serve the LORD with gladness” (Psalms 100:2). The worship of the psalmist reflects a faith of simple trust, a life of glad surrender and a faithful responsiveness to God which should be reflected in every area of one’s life every waking hour of the day. This act is a renovation of one’s life style; in other words, it is the reordering of one’s life lived in harmony with the teachings of Scripture to God’s glory.

The psalmist wants the people of God to know that Yahweh is God, because “it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (Psalm 100:3). Jesus is our Shepherd and the believers are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

The psalmists continues; “enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name” (Psalms 100:4). When the Israelites entered into “His gates,” this act of entering into the area of the Temple with singing caused the children of Israel to reflect upon their blessings from God. Psalms 136 is a classic example of a “thanksgiving psalm” that calls attention to the goodness of God.  This Psalm begins: “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His love endures forever.”  We too, need to reflect upon the goodness of God, especially our exodus from the world of darkness into the kingdom of God’s dear Son (Colossians 2:13).

Psalms 100:4 intensifies the invitation to enter His courts with thanksgiving and praise. But the psalmist does not stop with this summons. He gives the reasons for ‘thanksgiving’ and ‘praise’: “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations” (Psalm 100:5). Just as this act of thanksgiving and praise kept the Israelites focused on their responsibilities to God, so, too, the act of thanksgiving and praise helps the believer to keep things in proper perspective. 

We need to remember that thanksgiving needs to be the attitude of the believer at all times because: Praise, thanksgiving and worship is our expression of love for the Lord.

 “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

During this season of the year and always, let thanksgiving resides in our hearts as we give all praise and glory to God through Jesus our Redeemer.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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  1. Thank you for the post. Almighty God is so faithful and to Him alone be all my praise and thanksgiving


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