100 A Psalm for giving thanks.
1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
This short Psalm of five verses has sixteen direct references to God! Yes, this Psalm is about God and calls us to praise Him for who He is and for all that He does. By God’s grace we can enter into His presence and we are singing because of His great salvation to us. God made us; we are His people. Creation indicates both design and ownership. When we have the deep questions of life, we should take them to our Creator. When we have questions about where we belong, we should take them to our owner.
Entering into His gates speak of His city, the place where God lives, and we are called to enter it. Again, in our sin, according to Revelation 21:27, we cannot enter His city. Only by God’s grace and through faith in the work of Christ for us, can we ever enter into God’s gates, so we enter with thanksgiving and with praise. His name is worthy of all the praise and blessing we can bring.
All of this is because the Lord is good to us; His steadfast, undeserved, and unchangeable love never changes and never runs out. We are so very thankful that our Lord’s steadfast love towards us endures forever. (Husbands, this is the example of love we are called with which to love our wives. Yes, this is a high calling.) Even when we are unfaithful, our God is faithful to us. We have so many reasons to come into His courts with praise and with thanksgiving.
Take a moment to re-read this Psalm and to enjoy this meditation on God.
As our world continues to live in fear, we are drawn to greater faith in the God above the world. All of us, Christians and non-Christians alike, have been sown seeds of great fear. We have and are still hearing conflicting reports from week to week. Many people are ignoring the warnings and the sickness is on the rise in some places. We must look to our Lord and Savior, the one who alone is called by Isaiah: “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. No, I don’t want to get sick. Yes, I want to live above the fear. Let us edify one another in love. We need to hear from one another all that God is doing for us today. We are called to live above the fear.
Have a great day in the Lord,