We must realize His rights over us before we can freely give Him His due. how much too often it depresses rather than uplifts! My grandfather had never asked for any; he liked to earn his own money. Know that the LORD, He is God: The praise that comes to God from His people and all lands should be mindful. And we find: 2. When health is restored after sore illness, how thankful we are! Not only a Saviour who would fain bless and save us; but who has all poweris mighty to save. Jews are people who were born from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their children. How good and gracious he is! 3. Being piously disposed, they laid their distresses before God in frequent days of fasting and prayer. If it be asked—Why is this gladness so rare? II. Find proofs of the Divine faithfulness in the story of ancient Israel; and make what is found illustrate the faithfulness and truth of the Divine dealings with us. Compare the frequent refrain, "His mercy endureth forever" (Psalms 118:1-4, Psalms 118:29; Psalms 136:1-26, etc.). The onus probandi lies on those who deny this. The idea that we could make ourselves is absurd, and we should worship the One who has made us. BUT IF THE MOTIVE WAS A GRACIOUS ONE, WHAT WAS IT? "Global Joy for 'All Ye Lands,'" The Journey with Jesus: Notes to Myself, Daniel B. Clendenin, Journey with Jesus Foundation. See in that same parable the father's reply, "Son, thou art ever," etc. Illustrate from the way in which God created the nation of Israel. And that love would be more precious and more fruitful unto our eternal life in proportion as it endured test and trial (cf. The psalm does indeed answer to the title, A psalm of praise; it begins with that call which of late we have several times met with , Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all you lands, or all the earth, all the inhabitants of the earth. Under the New Covenant, not only are the gates and courts open, but even the way to the Holy of Holies is thrown open (Hebrews 10:19). What folly this! We have no one but ourselves to thank.” (Boice). These are plain and common things, and therefore the more fit to be the matter of devotion. What treasure store of hope for humanity lies in this act! JOY IN GOD IS ONE OF THE MOST MARKED FEATURES OF THE PSALMS. 2. He was surprised at such a spirit in his son; it ought to have been so different. Psalms 100, Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this one volume concise commentary provides a … If our flowers have no honey, let us be glad of the wax." And when misfortunes come, make the best, not the worst, of them. 2 q Serve the L ord with gladness! That is contained in the Holy Scriptures, and whether we appeal to the testimony of conscience, or to that of history, their witness agrees to and affirms the declaration of our text. Illustrate by the 'Making of England.' And therefore, on the whole, he would amend their resolution for a fast, and propose in its stead a day of thanksgiving, His advice was taken, and from that day to this the festival has been an annual one." Now, let us consider this subject of thankful praise which it brings so prominently before us. As the thing that is fitting, becoming, God's people should nourish a bright, cheery, hopeful, happy spirit. He hath made us, and therefore we are his property. If, in spite of every inducement to be untrue to us, love has been faithful, how precious that! So joy in God's house honours God by winning men to him. What we may properly learn is that the elements of joy and gladness, which find their easiest and best expression in music and song, are the proper accompaniment of all worship offered to God. \"We are his people, and,\" etc. 1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. (Psalms 100:4.) God selected the nation's beginning, disciplined a set of tribes through long generations, provided a location for it, etc. Note that the creation of a nation is no simple and sudden act; it is a long process, a shaping and using of various agencies. c. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture: The third reason to worship God is because He has chosen a people (originally the Jewish people, then added the followers of Jesus Christ), and He cares for us as the sheep of His pasture. a. This latter reading is preferred by De Wette, Kay, Cheyne, and the Revised Version. And a school—and such is this life—is certainly not as a home, as his father's house, to a child. And does not the Lord our God and Saviour deserve all our praise? continues through all generations. (Psalms 100:1.) 1. Bibliography InformationExell, Joseph S; Spence-Jones, Henry Donald Maurice. (4) What to do: Come to His house with thanks and praise. 1. "All ye lands," or "All the earth"—Gentiles as well as Jews. b. 'No,' said another, 'don't send him ten pounds; I will give another five pounds, if some one else will put a fourth five to it.' For the LORD is good: “The gods of the heathen were not good. Yes, and herein lies God's moral. "Be ye sure that Jehovah he is God.". 100. He is the good Shepherd pre-eminently. 3 Know that s the L ord, he is God! And into His courts with praise. He is Yahweh, by whose grace and blessings his people exist. with joyful songs. 4. Instrumental music, in the olden time, was not the refined expression of various moods of feelings that we know. 4. But not joy in God's holiness (Psalms 97:10-12); in our belonging absolutely to him (Psalms 119:94); in his righteous rule (Psalms 98:6, Psalms 98:9); in his mercy and truth (Psalms 100:5). “To know is to have firm ground underfoot, the prerequisite of praise (cf. How bare and uninspiring! The goodness of God to us in this world should inspire us with confidence in his goodness to us in the world to come." Character is shown in all action, but only the thoughtful minds watch for it, and find pleasure in dwelling on it. 2. We are under his wise, holy, strong government; we are provided for by his loving care, led along as his sheep in his past… A psalm. In this psalm it rises to its highest pitch. "It is he that hath made us." So that we can say, "It has been a good way wherein the Lord our God has led us.". Serve the LORD with gladness; What thing hath he spoken that hath not come to pass? "Make a joyful noise;" "Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing." It is “A Psalm For Thanksgiving” that was sung by the Jews as they were about to enter the temple gates. It bids us "make a joyful noise unto the Lord." RECOGNITION OF THE DIVINE DEALINGS WHICH CALLS FOR THANKSGIVING. It is to be the worship of joyful song. A common epithet for earnestly religious persons was that they were "serious people." For our own sake. Listen as I read this beautiful and meaningful psalm. 1. Psalms 100:3 - Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 3. II. Yet more in the service of the Lord. We cannot conceive of his having created us, knowing that that would be the final issue. how destitute of beauty and brightness! "Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth" (Psa. 1. Psalm 1 – The Way of the Righteous and the Way of the Ungodly. The psalm does indeed answer to the title, A psalm of praise; it begins with that call which of late we have several times met with (Psalms 100:1), Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all you lands, or all the earth, all the inhabitants of the earth. # 100:3 As in an alternate reading in the Masoretic Text; the other alternate and some ancient versions read and not we ourselves. i. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 100:1-5 An exhortation to praise God, and rejoice in him. IV. Psalm 100 ranks second only to the 23rd Psalm in popularity. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord (comp. You can check these in your browser security settings. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. “Of course, if we do not need God as our Creator, then we do not need to be thankful. 100:1). THE hundredth psalm has for its title, "A Psalm of praise," or "of thanksgiving," and to this description it well answers. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving: “Publicly worship God; and when ye come to the house of prayer, be thankful that you have such a privilege; and when you enter his courts, praise him for the permission.” (Clarke), ii. Openly, loudly, joyfully, we are to let all men know our delight in God. For the Lord is good. Look at the countenances of those who profess to serve God. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord — Partly, with voices, and songs of rejoicings, and thanksgiving; and partly with musical instruments, as the manner then was; all ye lands — That is, all the inhabitants of the earth. This requires the opened, quickened, spiritual vision. Make a joyful shout to the LORD: Unlike the several previous psalms, Psalm 100 does not begin with a declaration of God’s sovereignty or character. He always has been, and he always will be, "the faithful Promiser." 2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. It is love, kindness, benevolence, that which leads you to wish well and to do good to those around you; and the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord, because it is so full of his works and ways, which are the fruits and manifestations of his goodness.". [or download in R TF format] r Come into his presence with singing! Here his faithful promise keeping. 2. Under the New Covenant, the believer has a second and greater reason for praise: he or she is a new creation in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). And then, too, our sad habit of regarding our ordinary mercies as mere matters of course is another sad hindrance of the thankful spirit. Benson Commentary. But all this reveals the reasons wherefore God hath made us, and placed us where we are. 4. If he were here tonight—I am glad he is not, because he is in heaven, and that is a much better place for him; but if he could come from heaven, and could talk as he used to do when he was here on earth, he would say, 'Ah, my boy, I did find him a faithful God.' "One can almost hear the outbreak of jubilation described in this summons to praise in Psalm 100." II. 3. Hopefully, your excitement for the Lord will match that of sports, or whatever it is you shout for joy about. 3. He is gracious, kind, pitiful. 100 p Make a joyful noise to the L ord, all the earth! This is a call to the nations, extending far beyond Israel’s borders. 2. Note that it has ever been this feature that has made Divine service attractive. Used by Permission. He pressed the king for an answer, who replied energetically, "Thank God it is not any worse." Psalms 100:5 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Those rights are manifold in their sweet reasonableness; but amongst them all, this of creation is one of the chief. so the Hebrews expressed joy by great shouts, loud blasts, and noisy clangings. Now, how may we cultivate this thankful spirit? Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. This is a … So God, as the Nation maker, has the first claim on the nations he has made. The subject of the address -- "Make a joyful noise." to the Lord, all the earth. And not we ourselves: “Therefore we owe him homage and service, and him only, and not other gods, who made us not.” (Poole), v. “For our part, we find it far more easy to believe that the Lord made us than that we were developed by a long chain of natural selections from floating atoms which fashioned themselves.” (Spurgeon), vi. The trumpet of jubilee is blown, not for Israel, but for all mankind. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Let us glance at—. 1. Or of the service itself. We may request cookies to be set on your device. In remembrance of all the Divine benefits and mercies received. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. It is not, though beginning in the heart, to stay there. That there will be a joyful state of the whole world ( Ps 100:1 ). Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. V. THEREFORE WE SAY THAT THE FACT OF OUR CREATION BY GOD IS A VERY GOSPEL with which the gospel that "God so loved the world," etc. “It is as though the gates of the City, the courts of the Sanctuary, were suddenly thrown open, and all lands are called to serve Jehovah, to know that He is God, to enter into relationship with Him.” (Morgan). Such bold world wide hopes would be utterly inexplicable as mere poetic dreams of Jewish imagination, and can be explained only as inspired prophecies and promises; so they would be wholly unmeaning and fictitious apart from their fulfilment in Christ (John 5:22, John 5:23; John 12:32; Matthew 28:18). That this joyful state of the whole world will arise from the enjoyment of the Divine Being (Ps 100:2). "The Lord, he is God." NOW, WE CANNOT CONCEIVE OF GOD AS ACTING WITHOUT MOTIVE. His mercy is everlasting: The brief psalm ends with God’s unending mercy and truth. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Examine all his works, whether in nature, providence, or grace, and in all it will be found that he acts consistently with himself. Or of the wages. 1. Many of us were brought up being told to do just the opposite: “Keep your voices down.” “Keep it under control.” “Don’t raise a ruckus.” Maybe you’ve told your kids—or the kids in your Sunday School class—the same thing. The nations too are invited to sing hymns to the Lord and to worship him.” (VanGemeren). Take this as chief point, and illustrate from God's gracious ways with his people Israel. We are to openly avow that thankfulness. 2. Slave work, task work, is never like that of free men. III. 1 (A Psalm of praise.) Come before his presence with singing; or, with a cry of joy. II. Psalms 100. Why should we? That it is so is evident; for: 1. We are dear to him as the sheep are to the shepherd. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Its Hebrew name is מִזְמוֹר לְתוֹדָה ‎, 'Mizmor l'Todah' and it is subtitled a "Psalm of gratitude confession". 100. It is well to see clearly that man's own creative power stops short at life. "We are his people, and," etc. He is our Guide and Sustainer, our Shepherd. 1 Peter 1:7). It is told that "when the New England colonies were first planted, the settlers endured many privations and difficulties. The exhortations to praise are very importunate. I will be reading from the New American How much too dull and sombre these are! Man can make forms; he can quicken no forms into life. It does not appear that anything in the nature of a song service was connected with the Mosaic tabernacle. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. He has never lied unto me, or failed me, or forsaken me; but has kept his word to this moment in every respect" (Spurgeon). We got here by ourselves, thank you. II. (Psalms 100:3.) Make A Joyful Noise. And many are wont to look habitually on the dark side of their experience, and scarcely at all on the other and bright side. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. Go forward with a cheerful courage, thou child of God, fully persuaded of what all the past of all the people of God abundantly proves, that his truth shall endure, and that he "will never leave thee nor forsake thee."—S.C. Commentary, Psalm 100, Alfie Wines, The African American Lectionary, 2009. Make this provide for a careful reading of our own life histories, so as to discern the Divine mercies in them. Above all, let us give our hearts to Christ. So they cannot rise up to the height of "blessing his holy Name." This is why St. Paul is forever rejoicing that we are not under law, but under grace. thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Divine guidings. A father may let his son enter for a contest which he knows his son can and will, if he rightly strive, come out with honour; but he would not let him enter where defeat was certain and inevitable. You can also change some of your preferences. We are told that God's goodness is made up of two things: "Goodness is a very comprehensive quality. I. I. GLADNESS IN THE SERVICE OF GOD'S HOUSE IS BECOMING. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. From the series: Psalms: The Hymnal Of Israel, Book IV (Psalms 90-106) PREVIOUS PAGE | NEXT PAGE Psalm 100 Bible commentary on the Book of Psalms, chapter 100, by Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics. He has told me often how the Lord provided for him. His goodness and mercy are everlasting. “Israel is called to shout for joy to the God of the covenant (particular), and the whole earth is invited to join in that proclamation of praise (universal)” (450–451). It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; “So long as we are receivers of mercy we must be givers of thanks.” (Spurgeon), ii. Whether we think: 1. And it is noticed that there is this steadfast sameness of God to all generations. Our Jehovah, so good and gracious, is God Almighty also. It is impossible to explain such words from Jewish lips, such feelings in Jewish hearts, but by Divine inspiration (cf. It is to be universal worship. 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. Not the worship of silent thought, but of glad utterance. For nations seem at times to break up, and require remaking. I. What a doleful noise it has made! Yield them to him, as he bids us do; and as he will by his blessed Spirit fill them with all other good things, so he will shed abroad in them this grace also, the spirit of thankfulness. Divine providings. Into His courts with praise: Thanks and praise merge together, as God’s people are thankful and bless His name. 3 Know that the Lord is God. a. "It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves." He desired objects on whom he might lavish his love, and who would love him, in whose love is our eternal life. "It is he that hath made us," etc. What shall we do for milk?' Well, after the gentlemen had distributed to all who had asked there were five pounds over, and they were considering what they should do with this balance. He is ever true. Observe their worship. It is a timeless psalm. Yes; there is something to be thankful for in all circumstances, if we will only be open eyed to note it. III. Now glad service is what God asks for here. Noise was thought more of than harmony; though the stringed instruments must have been capable of delicate expression. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tpc/psalms-100.html. AND THIS MOTIVE MUST HAVE BEEN GRACIOUS OR THE REVERSE. i. (Psalms 100:3.) Singing is not the only way to praise God, but it is the chief way to praise Him. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. All you lands: “The nations must recognize who the Lord is. "Hath he said, and shall he not do it?" Enter into His gates with thanksgiving: Now the psalmist pictures the people of God from all you lands (verse 1) entering through the gates and into the courts of the temple. Trace the experience of God's people, and it is the same. He whom the religion of Christ has not made happy does not understand that religion, or does not make a proper use of it.” (Clarke), ii. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, For the LORD is good; Psalms 96:2; Psalms 145:21). 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