Summary: Why should we give thanks to God? For (a) He is good to us; (b) His mercies / love endures forever in our lives; (c) His faithfulness continues through all our generations.
Introduction: Pastor Allen tells about a veteran missionary who came up to him one day after he had delivered his sermon. The missionary introduced himself and said, "I was a medical missionary for many years in India. And I served in a region where there was progressive blindness. People were born with healthy vision, but there was something in that area that caused people to lose their sight as they matured." But this missionary had developed a process, which would arrest progressive blindness. So people came to him and he performed his operation, and they would leave realizing that they would have become blind, but now they were going to be able to see for the rest of their lives. He said that they never said, "Thank you," because that phrase was not in their dialect. Instead, they spoke a word that meant, "I will tell your name." Wherever they went, they would tell the name of the missionary who had cured their blindness. They had received something so wonderful that they eagerly proclaimed it.
And that is what the Psalmist is saying. "Suddenly you realize that God has been so good to you that you can’t keep it inside any more. From the depths of your being you shout your joy unto the Lord."
* The Greeks testify that Psalm 100 was written possibly by King David for the people of Israel. God said to them, "When you come into the Promised Land, and settle down in your warm homes, and you have plenty to eat, don’t forget Me. I led you out of the wilderness and I brought you into a land flowing with milk and honey." But it doesn’t take very long to realize that the people of Israel needed a reminder, and I am afraid that we need it, too. Maybe God had us in mind, too, when this Psalm was written. Did you notice to whom it is addressed? The first verse says that it is addressed to "all the earth," and the last verse says that it is includes "all generations." This message of thanksgiving is so deep and wide that it applies to every person in every era in every stage of life.
Illustration: As far as I know besides Canada and the Philippines, America celebrates ‘Thanksgiving.’ I wonder how our world would be changed if suddenly all nations would begin to observe and celebrate ‘Thanksgiving’ unto the Lord?
Psalm 100: 1 – 3 Introduction / Preface to Thanksgiving (How to give thanks to God?)
Psalm 100: 4 Enter into ……… gates with Thanksgiving and into His courts with praise!
Gates - were a city’s glory and was the right for every citizen to enter.
- entrance to the sanctuary (closed on the Sabbath).
- In the NT Jesus says he is the door to eternity.
Courts - A place in front of a house, enclosed by a wall or fence; in popular language, a court-yard.
- A space enclosed by houses, broader than a street; or a space forming a kind of recess from a public street.
- The enclosure of the tabernacle, of the temple, of a prison, of a private house, and of a king’s palace.