Summary: A Psalm For Giving Thanks. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
A call to worship (vs 1-3)
• Shout (vs 1)
• Sing (vs 2)
• Remember (vs 3)
A call to thanksgiving (vs 4-5)
• Be full of awe (vs 4a)
• Be full of Gratitude (vs 4b)
• Be full of praise (vs 5)
• This is the only Psalm in the 150 Psalms that is in its entirety a "Psalm of Praise".
• There is not one single note of sadness in the entire Psalm.
• This Psalm is ablaze with gratitude and thanksgiving.
• It is an appeal for everyone to gratefully worship the Lord.
• The Puritan Bible commentator Matthew Henry was well known for his thankful attitude:
• He was always giving thanks in all sorts of circumstances:
• On one occasion he was beaten and robbed;
• An entry in his diary reads;
• "I am thankful to God that: (1). I have not been robbed before.
• (2). That I was robbed not killed; (3). That I was robbed and not someone else".
• You will not be surprised to know that his nickname was "Thankful Henry!"
• He was a man with a great quality - a thankful attitude
• For you and me I guess it’s not always easy to give thanks like that!
• I like the story of the two boys who were walking through a field.
• Suddenly they could hear footsteps behind them;
• When they turned to look,
• To their horror they saw that it was a bull running towards them!
• One boy turned to his mate and cried out; “Run!”
• But the faster they ran, the closer the bull seemed to get.
• Realising they were not going to make it to the gate in time,
• The boy said to his friend; “We’re doomed, quick pray”.
• The other boy said; “I’ can’t”
• His friend said; “Why not?”
• The other boy replied: “Because I only know one prayer”
• His mate said: “Then you had better pray it!”
• “Okay” said the friend; “Lord, for what we are about to receive….”
Well this Psalm has the title ’A Psalm, for giving thanks’
• Now you can of course use many of the Psalms to give thanks to the Lord.
• And Psalm 118 uses the word ’thanks’ more than any other Psalm;
• Yet Psalm 100 is the only Psalm explicitly identified as ’A Psalm for giving thanks’.
• Psalm 100 contains seven great imperatives (important truths),
• Plus two clear explanations of why we should give God thanks.
The Psalm divides into two parts:
• Verses 1-3: A call to worship.
• Verses 4-5: A call to thanksgiving.
FIRST: A call to worship (Vs 1-3).
“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”
• This Psalm was probably sung in Jerusalem outside of the temple.
• The people gathered outside of the temple;
• And then the priest (or worship leader) gave the instruction;
• The people were to turn their back on the temple,
• And face the nations from which they had come from,
• And to shout to them and invite them -No! Command them to come;
• To come and to worship YAHWEH the true God.
• To come and worship the God of tiny Israel!
• To come and publicly declare; That “The Lord God".
• In the Hebrew it means "That the Lord (him alone) is God".
• Can you imagine next Sunday doing that outside your building;
• Backs to the building – calling to the houses all around;
• “Come and worship” the living God.
• With the introduction of Mosques in the UK;
• We are familiar with The ’adhân’ the Islamic call to prayer
• Church of England always used to have clocks on the outside;
• Telling folks when to come and worship.
• Then some bright spark put them on the inside of Churches;
• Telling folks when to go home!
SECOND: A call to thanksgiving (Vs 4-5).
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
• Having shouted out a verbal invitation to all & sundry;
• The worshippers were instructed to turn around and face the temple;
• And then as they approached the gates;
• They ceased from looking outwards ("Ends of the earth")
• And they faced one another saying; "It is he who made us, and we are his”