Psalm 100:1-5 1Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing. 3Know 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. 4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name, 5For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
The hymn tune “Old One Hundredth” We are to be a people of faith and thankfulness is based on this Psalm as well as the familiar “Doxology”.
Thanking God is something we all must do, with our lives as well as our lips. How? We thank Him by serving, submitting and sacrificing. We enter to worship and depart into the world to serve, submitting to His will not our own. The 100th Psalm is a Call to Worship, a Call to Praise and a Call to Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving season for Christians is not just for a few people, it is for ALL. It’s about thanking God and praising Him for all he does. There are times when we go to God and ask Him for this and that, we want something from God, but that’s not worship. We worship God when we praise Him and give Him thanks. We must always be a people of praise, worship and thanksgiving.
There are seven elements of worship suggested here in this Psalm.
1. Shout joyfully
2. Serve the Lord with gladness
3. Come before him with singing
4. Enter his gates with thanksgiving
5. Enter his courts with praise
6. Be thankful to him
7. Bless his name
Thanksgiving is a time to come to God and not have our hands out asking for something, like a child resting in our arms, being secure, safe and thankful. A day we give thanks only and ask for nothing in return.
By serving, we serve with gladness. By submitting, we submit to His will and by sacrifice, we as people, sacrifice ourselves and offer spiritual sacrifices cheerfully to our Lord. They include our praise, good works and material possessions. We must give freely back to the shepherd, why? Because the shepherd died for the sheep. The sheep didn’t die for the shepherd. Under the Old Testament ceremony before David, there wasn’t song singing connected with worship. Now, David brings shouting – like at a football game – Praise the Lord. Such as what loyal subjects give when their King appears before them. What was once ceremony is now service ministering to others and worshipping God. Previously, the ceremony was for priests to offer, now you the priest along with ministers offer up to God the praise due him. You share in music. In older times where wasn’t harmony through a blaring horn and tambourines. It was a joyful noise to the Lord determined by the heart. Noisy clangings, loud blasts, and great shouts are music to God’s ear when the heart is right.
Do you know the difference between a dead church and a living church? A living church has people with praise in their hearts, they have thankfulness in their hearts and they enter his gates with thanksgiving. A dead church has none of these qualities. As the church, we must always be thankful people. There’s not one word of negativity in this chapter. Only positive. We too must be positive as Christians, serving, submitting, and sacrificing to our Lord. Be mindful of what you’re thankful for. Enjoy this week with friends and family, but remember God too. Make it a day of true thanks, not for possessions, but because of salvation.
Join us for our annual B.G.M.A. Thanksgiving Service on Sunday evening, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at Second Baptist Church. Pastor Joe Siefkas, from the First Presbyterian Church will be bringing our annual Thanksgiving message. A love offering will be taken to help the B.G.M.A. minister in Bowling Green and all canned goods will go to the Hope Center.
You have anything to be thankful for? I believe we all do. Go to one of our many local churches and offer your praise to our loving and living God.