A recent post about Psalm 96 said that “the writers aren’t just trying to teach about God, but they are trying to share their experience of Him.” While that Psalm was about how to “sing to the LORD a new song” of praise, Psalm 100 is “A Psalm for giving thanks,” and like Psalm 96, spells out ideas for doing it. Today will focus on the first three verses, and tomorrow on the last 2.
Psalm 100 begins with:
“A Psalm for giving thanks.
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”
First, the Psalmist wants the whole earth to make a joyful noise, but notes that singing and making a joyful noise are not the only part of giving thanks. We are encouraged to thank God by serving Him, not reluctantly, but to serve with the same gladness we have when we sing in worship.
The third verse reads like a list of things to be thankful for. When we feel like there’s nothing to be thankful for, or no motivation to serve, consider:
“Know that the LORD, he is God!” – Our Lord is not powerless, He is God!
“It is he who made us, and we are his” – We are not accidents of a mindless nature, we are His!
“We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture” – We do not have to wander aimlessly through life, not knowing where we are going, we belong to a flock and our Shepherd provides us pasture!
Take a moment and ask Him how you might participate in the Psalms, carrying these instructions into your daily circumstances.