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Psalm 100

Psalm 100

1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
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.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.


Outline

The Evidence of Salvation?

Psalm 100

by Pastor Clinton Macomber

Sing Loudly to God! Psalm 100:1

Joyfully Serve God! Psalm 100:2

Diligently Follow God! Psalm 100:3

Regularly Worship God! Psalm 100:4

Teach the New Generation, Psalm 100:5


Sermon

Evidences of Salvation

by Pastor Clinton Macomber

This psalm is a very well known Psalm and has been used in very key times in History. It is short and to the point, reminding of the importance of evidencing the Christian life through proper outward expression.

A brief survey of the use of this psalm is found in the following portion:

While the U. S. S. Mississippi rode at anchor in the harbor of Uraga on July 10, 1853, Commodore Matthew Galbraith Perry spread out the stars and stripes over the capstan, and using the latter as a pulpit he read Psalm 100. As he proclaimed his message: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands,” the world was little cognizant of the wondrous change which was about to take place in Japan, which was to be opened to the gospel, and should come to know that the Lord he is God.

In the metrical version of Psalm 100, says Hymns that have Helped, the men of North Britain found a practical substitute for the papistical Te Deums, which they abhorred. It was written by W. Kethe in 1560–61 to fit the tune in the Genevan Psalter, now known as the Old Hundredth. It is one of the few Psalms to which Shakespeare makes reference in his plays. Longfellow refers to the New England settlers, “Singing the Hundredth Psalm, that grand old Puritan anthem.” Rev. James Campbell of Dublin says that the magnificent version of the Hundredth, set to Luther’s majestic tune, has wedded Lutherans and Calvinists to eternity, and girdled the earth with sweet and stately praise.[1]

So how do we evidence our faith in God? How is a child of God to behave? How do we act in the different situations that we enter?

The title is a unique one and only appears here. It is a psalm of (or for) thanksgiving, and thus helps to lead us into the position whereby we can be thankful.

Shout for God! Psalm 100:1

Psalm 100:1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

A more accurate translation is to “Shout for God, every country!” This shout is what is done before an army engages in battle against the enemy. When the trumpet sounds to engage in battle, all the men raise their voices in a loud and thunderous holler as they run forward to fight.

What makes this a bit of prophecy is that the call is to all nations to shout to God. This makes this a prophetic song giving us the goal of redemption. We are preparing for the day when we can join in the grand shout of all nations to God! This is a shout against evil, against sin, against the devil and against wickedness! What a day that will be!

For more on this see the topic study.

Joyfully Serve God! Psalm 100:2

Psalm 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

When the wicked Robert Ingersoll, the famed agnostic died, the printed notice of his funeral said there would be no singing. What would there be to sing about in honor of a wicked man, except that he is no longer a problem?[2]

We are to serve God with gladness. Here is a few examples of how this word is used in Scripture:

1. Tilling is to “serve” the ground.

Genesis 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

2. Dressing the garden is to “serve” the garden.

Genesis 2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

3. Tilling the ground is a form of servitude to remind man of his sin.

Genesis 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

4. Servitude to a governmental power is to serve them.

Genesis 14:4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

5. Faithful tilling or service yields sustenance.

Proverbs 12:11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

6. Labor or “service” is to be done during six days.

Exodus 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

7. We must make a choice of service.

Joshua 24:16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;

Diligently Follow God! Psalm 100:3

Psalm 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.

There is so much stated in these few words, it is hard to cover enough!

First, Yahveh (LORD) is God! Lest there be any confusion in the matter, Yahveh is God. He is not some creature or deity, He is the Deity. It is God that created the whole universe.

Second, it is God that made us. This is the foundational reason that evolution and creation are mutually exclusive.[3] God created the animals, but then He took particular interest in the forming of man. The word used here is that God “made” us. This is to accomplish a task or duty with a particular purpose and moral obligation to do so, with a specific goal in mind. It could be said that much of the creation of the world was simply for “fun,” but when it came to creating man, God got very serious.

In Genesis 2:7 God “formed” man out of the dust of the ground. God there is Yahveh. To form is what a potter does with clay on a wheel. As the clay is spinning, the potter forms the clay into something that will serve a particular purpose, and uses the goal he as chosen as the pattern to follow in the design. God had a particular plan to which Man was formed and that plan was His own image and likeness.

But how did that lump of clay gain the likeness of God? It is not unusual for us to make clay silhouettes or likenesses of people, but the clay does nothing but lay where it falls. Genesis 2:7 goes on and tells us that God then breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being. Once God breathed of Himself into man, man can no longer die. He becomes an eternal being. Animals live and die and that is the end of them. But mankind comes to life and cannot die, even though the body may die.

Paul used this in his sermon in Acts:

Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Our very life and ability to move comes directly from God Himself, and this brings us to the next point.

Third, we did not make ourselves. Sure, a baby is allowed to come from the womb, but it is still the work of God, and life is also a gift from God. Man has always and will keep trying to make life in order to elevate his position and to defy God. But life comes from God, not mankind. Everything man does is at best temporary. All the fancy stuff he makes will come down and rot away. The nicest homes are soon garbage heaps. The greatest kingdoms of this world, with all their glory are nothing but rubble today, and even the rubble is so defaced, it is hard to image what might have been. But God creates for eternity. What He makes has life, energy and purpose.

Fourth, we are God’s people. Why is it we cannot get that into our heads? Americans seem to be bent on believing they are the master of their fate, and the captain of their lives. We are not! We are God’s people, and as such need to listen to God and obey Him. Ignoring God is no way to live. It brings a lot of attention for wrongdoing!

Fifth, we are as sheep in God’s pasture. Every shepherd has to carefully watch over and provide for the flock. There are so many kinds of animals that want to harm sheep and goats, that almost constant supervision is needed. There are also a number of ways a small animal can be harmed. The young have to be protected from the older animals. Nourishing food and drink has to be found and provided fresh each day. Hooves must be trimmed, hair brushed, sores medicated, and even exercise given. A neglected animal will die from loneliness and lack of exercise even if it has an endless supply of food and drink. Shelter is also vital as is a livable temperature.

God not only created us, but He cares for us and leads us along. The day we learn that only good can come from God is the day we can learn to be at peace with God and begin to enjoy the privileges He gives.

“I do not have to thank anyone for anything I have,” an old miser grumbled. “Everything I have I got the hard way—by the sweat of my own brow.” “But who gave you the sweat?” asked his neighbor. The old miser hung his head in guilty silence. He could not ignore the fact that God had given the “sweat,” the strength to work hard and gain material wealth. Yes, everything that we are or that we possess is because of God’s lovingkindness. Therefore, it is good for us all to pause at least once a year and say, “Thank You, God.” Actually, everyday should be one of thanksgiving. Why? Because of spiritual and material blessings. Mrs. Green thanked Tom, the grocery boy, for delivering a loaf of bread. “Do not thank me. Thank Grocer Jones,” Tom smiled. “He gave me the loaf to deliver.” But when she thanked the grocer, he said, “I get the bread from Baker Brown. He makes it, so he deserves the thanks.” So Mrs. Green thanked the baker. But he told her that Miller Milligan should be given the gratitude. “Without Miller Milligan’s flour, I could not make bread,” Brown replied. The miller told her to thank Farmer Foster because he made the flour from Foster’s wheat. But the farmer also protested, “Don’t thank me; thank God,” Foster said. “If He did not give my farm sunshine and rain, I could not grow wheat.” Yes, even a common loaf of bread can be traced back to God, the Giver of “every good and perfect gift” (Josh. 1:17).[4]

Regularly Worship God! Psalm 100:4

Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Gates refers to any gateway to God’s area. Praise is the human expression of honor and thanksgiving to God for his character and action.

This is an area where humans have to learn to grow. The old nature of sin is one that notices the problems of life and wants God to rid them. It focuses on how we want things to be, instead of on how God has made them and what He has done to make things bearable.

The spiritual person is one who can see the hand of God in things around Him and can see the incredible things that have happened so that praise can be offered to God. It is not natural for people to simply thank God for things, but something that has to be developed through constant exercise. It takes time to stop our minds and discipline them to consider His Word and to learn to see what is good from God. It takes more effort to learn to sing praises, when the world wants to sing about anything else.

God’s child is one that adores His Father and will make every effort to bring the proper honor to God, by learning to see things through God’s eyes.

Teach the New Generation, Psalm 100:5

Psalm 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

When one considers the amazing history of God’s people, and how God’s faithfulness and truth have endured everything that has been thrown against it now for 6,000 year, it is a marvel. Even the Earth has undergone several changes, and yet God’s Word has not. It has remained the same since the beginning.

God is good. This means He is kind, benevolent, gracious, merciful, generous, proper, helpful, fruitful, morally correct, etc. What He does is pleasing and appealing to the one who wants to be holy.

God’s truth does not change. Human rules are constantly changing. Organizations change things too much, and not for the better. God, however, remains the same. His values remain unchanged, because there are no other values or ideals to adopt. What He does is perfectly timed and absolutely appropriate. Every generation can count on God being the same as He was in history and the same for ages to come.

Footnotes (click on number to return to text)

[1] Frederick Barton, Favorite Scripture Texts of Famous People (Pleasant Places Press, 2005; 2005). p. 70.

[2] Dallas Theological Seminary, Bibliotheca Sacra Volume 100 (Dallas Theological Seminary, 1943; 2002). 100:58.

[3] David Livingston. “Creation Stories of the Ancient Near East.” Associates for Biblical Research, Bible and Spade Volume 5 (Associates for Biblical Research, 1992; 2004). Vol. 5, Number 3, page 89.

[4] AMG Bible Illustrations, electronic ed., Logos Library System; Bible Illustrations Series (Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 2000). “Why Be Thankful.”


Topic Study

Shouting to God

By Pastor Clinton Macomber

When the nation is assembled, the trumpet is to sound, but the shout of alarm is not to be made.

Numbers 10:7 But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm.

When an enemy oppresses, then a shout is made with a trumpet.

Numbers 10:9 And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.

The shout of the people was answered with the walls falling down around Jericho.

Joshua 6:5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.

The evil shout when they are confused and scared.

Judges 7:21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.

God’s Spirit empowers when the wicked of the world shout against us

Judges 15:14 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.

When a people shouts the earth rings

1 Samuel 4:5 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.

God’s people shout with joy when there is victory

Ezra 3:11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.

There was shouting when the Earth was created

Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

God’s favor can be evidenced at times when the enemy does not shout.

Psalm 41:11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.

Shouting can accompany clapping to God.

Psalm 47:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

Shouting should be done by all people in all nations.

Psalm 100:1 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

Guaranteeing for a stranger will cause shouting.

Proverbs 11:15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.

The companion of fools will shout.

Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

When sorrow overwhelms, shouting stops.

Isaiah 16:10 And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses; I have made their vintage shouting to cease.

Valleys and mountains are to shout when God saves Israel.

Isaiah 44:23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.

Christ’s coming to Jerusalem is a reason for the women of Israel to shout!

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

The Christian is longing to hear the great shout from Heaven.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:


Quote

Psalm 100:3

by Frederick Brotherton Meyer, Our Daily Homily
(Redding, CA: Pleasant Places Press, 2004). Vol. 3 page 100

We are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

The sense of God’s proprietorship is the true basis of our consecration. We must realize his rights over us before we can freely give Him his due. Those rights are manifold in their sweet reasonableness; but amongst them all, this of creation is one of the chief. God has a right to us because He has made us.
He made us, as the potter fashions the clay, for a distinct purpose; and surely He has a right to use the vessels of his workmanship for the purpose unto which He has designed them.

He made us, as the builder erects a house for the purpose of inhabiting it; and surely He has a right to occupy every distinct room, and go to and fro in it as He may please.

He made us, as the hand of the weaver makes some textile fabric for wearing; and surely He must not be debarred from the free and unquestioned disposal of that on which He has expended anxiety and time.

We are Christ’s by creation, by purchase, by toils and tears, by the gift of the Father. The Good Shepherd owns us, though we do not always acknowledge his ownership, or repay his pains and wounds on our behalf. Look up into his face and say, “I am thine by a myriad ties, and am bound to Thee for evermore. Lead me where Thou wilt; guide me whither Thou choosest; count me as one of thy people; feed me on thy pasture-lands; make as much of me as Thou canst, this aide of heaven; number me with thy saints in glory everlasting.”

“With bowed heads and open hearts,” says Dr. Westcott, “may we offer ourselves. We can do no more, and we dare do no less.”


Devotions

Monday, Psalm 100 Title and Ezekiel 2:1

There is a time and place to make our requests known to God from our knees, and there is a time to stand up and praise God through action. This psalm is a succinct instruction of the proper way to praise God. As humans we schedule things and hold to them religiously, but how often do we schedule a time to truly praise God? If we rely on emotions and feelings, this time will come fleetingly and in fact often inappropriately, but if it is planned and acted upon, it can be glorious, obedient, holy, and so wholesome.

Tuesday, Psalm 100:1 and Ezekiel 2:2

Joy is a spiritual and eternal quality that is developed from the working of the Spirit. Humans have an innate need to be happy, but as with so many things, they will consistently look for it in carnal things, where it will never be found. Humans try to create happiness by indulging themselves in harmful foods (parties) or by seeking to earn temporal gain (awards, prestige, etc.). Solomon tried every avenue that a person could possibly think would lead to joy and found they all led to an empty feeling. His conclusion was to fear God and keep His commandments. Joy comes as we listen to the Word of God, and have been made to stand upright and act according to God’s image.

Wednesday, Psalm 100:2 and Ezekiel 2:3-4

God sends us out to a world where people are going to be rude and unsociable, because of their commitment to sin, but we go about our unpopular and somewhat unsavory duties with a song on our lips. There are two ways to do things in this life, either with murmuring and complaining which only brings judgment upon us, or with the joy of the Lord. Even the most awful tasks become bearable when we sing. Singing also changes the atmosphere dramatically from one of bitterness and hate, to one that is workable and endurable!

Thursday, Psalm 100:3 and Ezekiel 2:5-6

In order to experience the joy of the Lord we must know that we are sheep of God’s pasture, and have no ownership of ourselves. The only place and purpose we have is in serving the Lord among a people that are rebellious against God. Fearing them is a means of selling ourselves out to the devil and is in violation of God’s command. Being discouraged because of their reactions is also succumbing to the evil of this world. Instead we must obey God and testify of His power and glory, so that they will know we are God’s.

Friday, Psalm 100:4 and Ezekiel 2:7-8

There must be a time when we come away from the world and the evil of it to just have communion with God and His people. As we enter such a place, we must enter it with singing, and so keep the evil of the world outside its doors. Not only will our minds be thus ready to worship, but it will help those present to also be of the right mind and heart. This is a reason why worship services traditionally begin with Psalter numbers and more recently hymns. An even better way would be to have singing be done as people approach the place of worship!

Saturday, Psalm 100:5 and Ezekiel 2:9-10

God’s truth is eternal, and because of His mercy we have so much to sing about! He loves us so much, He wants us to know everything we can know about Him. He thus has given us His Word to study and enjoy. There is nothing to sing about for those who rebel against God. There is everything to sing about for the child of God! In fact, there is no way to sing enough praises!


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