Thursday, November 22, 2012

Psalm one hundred,part two

Psalm 100
Psalm 100 (Photo credit: adamranck)

Psalms 100 


This psalm goes into worship and the reason we worship. Let’s take a look at this psalm. Psalm
100: 1-5 “v1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. V2 Serve the LORD with
gladness: come before his presence with singing. V3 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.

V4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and
bless his name.
V5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all
generations.” Now here is what William MacDonald says in the Believers Bible Commentary.

“Affectionately known as “Old Hundredth”, from its tune in the Geneva Psalter (1551),this
psalm is a call to all the earth to worship Jehovah. It’s summons goes beyond the narrow
confines of Israel to all the Gentile lands.

We learn from these 5 short verses that worship is
simple. The longest words are thanksgiving, everlasting, and generations. The language is
neither involved nor flowery. We learn too that the simple recital of facts about God is worship.
The words themselves carry cargoes of wonder.

The plain facts are more wonderful than fiction.
There is a definite pattern in the psalm, as follows:

Call to worship (vv,1,2)

Why God should be worshipped (v3)

Call to worship (v4)

Why God should be worshipped (v5)

Seven elements of worship are suggested:

1. Shout Joyfully (v1)

2. Come before Him with singing (v2b)

3. enter His courts with praise (v4b)

4. be thankful to Him (v4c)

5. bless His name (v4d)

6. We Should praise Him because of who He is, He is our:

Lord (v1)

God (v3a)

Creator (v3b)

Owner (v3c)

Shepherd (v3d)

7. We should praise Him because of His attributes:

He is good (v5)

His mercy is everlasting (v5)

His truth endures to all generations (v5)

In the first three verses, God is worshiped as Creator. But in the last two verses, it is not hard to
read Calvary into the text because no where else do we see so clearly His goodness, His mercy,
and His faithfulness.

There is a wonderful conjunction of thoughts in verse three that we
should not miss. There we learn that the LORD is God; this means that He is unapproachably
high. But we also read that we are His; and this tells us that He is intimately nigh. It is because
He is so near to us that the Psalm breathes gladness and singing instead of dread and fear.

The Psalm is a joyful song for the happy God, and its message has been preserved in our
hymnology in the well-known paraphrase: All people that on earth to dwell, sing to the Lord
with cheerful voice, His serve with mirth, His praise forth tell! Come ye before Him and rejoice .

Know that the Lord is God indeed, without our aid He did us make; we are His flock, He doth
us feed, and for His sheep, He doth take, Oh enter than is gates with Praise approach with joy
His courts unto, praise , laud, and bless His name always, For it is seemly so to do. For why?
the Lord our God is good, His mercy forever sure; His truth at all times firmly stood and shall
from age to age endure. Scottish Psalter

Furthermore, “this Psalm is a digest of instructions on how to worship the Lord.

Who should worship the Lord? “Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!” (v. 1). God
wants the whole world to worship and give thanks to Him. Why are we to go into all the world
and preach the Gospel?

So that all the world will one day be able to make a joyful shout to the
Lord. How should we worship the Lord? First, by serving. “Serve the LORD with gladness; come
before His presence with singing” (v2). We are to serve the Lord with gladness because there’s
joy in our hearts and because the joy of the Lord gives strength.

Second, we worship the Lord?
First, by singing. “Come before His presence with singing.” I fear that too often in our services
singing becomes routine. We hold the hymnal and sing the songs that we know so well, but our
minds and hearts are a million miles away.

Think about and rejoice in the words you sing. We
also worship the Lord by submitting to Him. “Know that the LORD, He is God; it is He who has
made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture”

(v3). Submit
to Him. Follow Him. Obey Him. Finally, we worship the Lord by sacrificing. “Enter into His
gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise”

(v4). You don’t need to sacrifice
animals on an altar, but you can give your time, money and skills. Why should we worship the
LORD? “For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all
generations”

(v5). The highest occupation of the Christian life is worshipping the Lord. Never
allow your worship to become routine or artificial. Worship Him with a joyful and thankful heart
by serving, singing, submitting and sacrificing.

Praise is both an action and an attitude of the heart, and one way we praise God is to submit to
Him. This passage suggests three acts of submission that bring praise to God.

First, we submit
as creatures to the Creator (v3). Satan wants us to think he is God. Some people behave as
though they are God. But only Jehovah is God (Isa 46:9)

Remember the former things of old:
for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, ( Ps 46:10) Be still,
and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
( 1 Chron 16:25) For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared
above all gods”.

A man once said to his girlfriend, “I’m a self-made man.” She replied, “it’s nice
of you to take the blame.” We are not self-made. God , in His wisdom, power and patience,
has made us. In man is a mingling of dust and deity, for God made us in his image. Second,
we submit as children to the Father.

We are chosen by grace (Ex 19:5-6) v5 Now therefore, if
ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto
me above all people: for all the earth is mine: v6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests
, and an holy nation.

These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
He died for us and saved us because He loves us. When we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as
Savior, we enter into a spiritual ship with Him, we submit to His authority.

Third, we submit
as sheep to the Shepherd. We need a shepherd. Jesus is the Good Shepherd (john 10:11) I am
the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. and the Great Shepherd
(Heb 13:20)

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that
great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, and we are the
sheep of His pasture (psalm 100:3). It’s important to feed on the green pastures of the Word
of God. When you submit to God the Creator, God the Father and Christ the Shepherd, you are
praising God.

Submitting to Him is aligning your will to His will and obeying His word. Submit
to God—He will love and guide you.

Praise is also the highest use of man’s faculties. When we contemplate the attributes of God, we
can’t help but thank and praise him. This verse speaks of three of God’s attributes that make
Him worthy of our praise. First, we see His goodness.

It’s part of God’s nature to be kind and
benevolent. He is not frowning upon us; He’s smiling on us through Jesus. We see His
goodness in creation (Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it
was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

( Ps 33:5) He loveth
righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD”. Even though man
has wrecked it (Rom 8:19-23) 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the
manifestation of the sons of God.

20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly,
but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,21 Because the creature itself also
shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of
God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until
now.

23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we
ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our
body.”

God even shows His goodness to the unsaved nations of the world (acts 14:17) 17
Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from
heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness..

His goodness ought to
lead to man’s gladness. His goodness keeps us from fainting (Ps 27:13) I had fainted, unless I
had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living”. He gives us courage
(v14). God wants to guide us (25:8-9) and protect us (31:19-20). We should respond to His
goodness in three ways:

(1) We should be repentant;

(2) we should want to enjoy Him; and

(3) we should draw near to Him. Next, we see His mercy (Ps 23:6)

Surely goodness and mercy
shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever”.
When God is merciful, He does not give us what we deserve, which is eternal death for our sins.

Mercy is forever a part of His nature (Heb 4:16 ) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne
of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

(1 Pet 1:3) Blessed
be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath
begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
(Ps 107). Last, we see His faithfulness.

This attribute speaks of God’s reliability and stability.
He is faithful to chasten us (Ps 119:75) I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that
thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me”.

He is faithful to confirm us (1 Cor 1:9) God is faithful, by
whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” He is faithful to
care for us and give us victory over temptation (1 Cor 10:13)

There hath no temptation taken
you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted
above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be
able to bear it.” He is faithful to forgive us (1 John 1:9)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful
and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God is not going
to change (Heb 13: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” He is faithful in
all He does. Share with your children and your grandchildren that God is good, merciful and
faithful.” (warren weirsbe book)

When you worship n Praise the Lord, do you close your eyes n lift your hands up to the Lord
totally surrendering yourself to Him? Or are you just going through the motions of singing
and not really paying attention to how deep the words are? God deserves our highest and
genuine praise, not false praise. There is a song called “Praise you in this storm” I’d like to
share it with you.

“I was sure by now
God You would have reached down And wiped our tears away Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining As the thunder rolls I barely hear Your
whisper through the rain "I'm with you"

And as Your mercy falls I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives And takes away [Chorus:] And I'll praise You in this storm And I will lift
my hands For You are who You are No matter where I am And every tear I've cried You hold
in Your hand You never left my side And though my heart is torn I will praise You in this storm.

I remember when I stumbled in the wind You heard my cry to you And you raised me up
again My strength is almost gone How can I carry on If I can't find You But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain "I'm with you" And as Your mercy falls.

I raise my
hands and praise the God who gives And takes away [Chorus]I lift my eyes unto the hills Where
does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord The Maker of Heaven and Earth.” We
should be like an eagle and fly above the storm....where it is calm, peaceful, Jesus gives s
peace that the world cannot understand, that is in (Philippians 4:7)

And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Then
(John 14:27) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give
I unto you.

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. and (John 16:33) These
things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have
tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

When You are praising God, Just forget all about you and focus on Jesus! forget about your
troubles and your burdens, forget about your pain, just keep your eyes on the Lord.

Whenever
you are afraid or having a hard day just remember to Praise the Lord, He will lift you up! Take
your burden to the Lord and leave it there and then praise the Lord! Remember don’t take your
burden back, leave it with the Lord and keep praising the Lord, morning, noon, night.....
.praise Him in good times, praise Him in bad times, Praise the Lord All the Time!! Amen

written by mercy