Saturday Morning Prayer - 20NOV21

Nov 20, 2021    A.J. Dummitt
PSALM 100 (A Psalm of Thanksgiving)

1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

3 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.

4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
—Psalm 100:1-5 (KJV)

PSALM 100

In The New Living Translation it is titled…“A Psalm for Thanksgiving.” This is the only psalm with this title. “Thanksgiving” can also refer to a “thank offering.” The thank offering was for when someone was overwhelmed with the depth of gratitude to the LORD. So, if God does some amazing thing in your life, this is a psalm that could turn to. It will give you words for your overwhelming gratitude.

1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

How can you joyfully serve the LORD? What you need is verse three. You need to ….

Psalm 100:3 – 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.

Here is the Hebrew understanding, The “LORD” is in all capital letters and this is God’s proper name. You must know that Yahweh Himself is God. He alone is the true and living God over all the earth. There is no one else.

To joyfully serve, you need to know the LORD.

Not only must you know that Yahweh is God, but also from verse 3, you must know that He is the One who made us, not we ourselves. He is our creator. Know that He has made us.

Know that we are His people, His sheep (He is our sustainer)

Not only is He our Creator, He is also our sustainer.

IF WE REALLY KNOW THE LORD THEN WE SHOULD PRESENT ourselves gladly to the LORD for service and worship!!

Same kind of command that Paul gives to the Romans in Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

“What does this spiritual service of worship looks like.” That’s Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

In Psalm 100, we understand that these verses would apply to us in that we are to know the LORD and that as we increase in our intimate knowledge of who God is, we will serve Him with gladness and joy. We will know that we did not make ourselves, but that He made us that we are His people the sheep of His pasture.

It works the same way with verses four and five. Verse four emphasizes the idea of Thanksgiving.

Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

But how will you thankfully enter into His courts? By, verse five, knowing something. You must know the LORD. Thankfully serve Him … Psalm 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth (loving-kindness in another translation) endureth to all generations.

So, to serve the LORD thankfully or joyfully, you first must know Him. Psalm 100

The KEY to serving GOD with all your heart and being FILLED WITH JOY AND THANKSGIVING every day of the year doing it is very simple…you have got to KNOW GOD, and how good He is.

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