Psalms 100: How to Praise
We made it to triple digits! Psalms 100 is a very concise hymn of praise to God, so I think we can handle talking about all five verses today.
Psa 100:1 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Psa 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Psa 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.
Psa 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psa 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Verse one sets the table by saying that everyone should praise God. It doesn’t specify just Israel right here. Everyone ought to praise God. This would differentiate him from many other ancient deities. Yes, the Jewish people were His chosen people, but He ought to be praised by the whole earth.
Verse two doesn’t add an awful lot other than reminding us that we need to come to worship God with the right attitude. We should come with gladness rather than with some sense of duty. We should have the right attitude and want to praise God.
Why should we do that? Verse three tells us the simple fact that God is real. He is our Creator, and we are His people. That goes right into verse four. Again, because of this, we ought to be praising. It should drive us to praise God as a result of all that He is for us.
Verse five provides another set of reasons to praise God. He is good, merciful and truthful. I don’t think I really need to argue why we ought to praise a being who characterizes those three qualities.
It was a rather simple chapter, but it does outline some good reasons to praising God and why we ought to do that. The next milestone since we hit triple digits is the halfway point of the Bible which is coming up soon!