Psalm 100 (NRSV)
Thankfulness is at the heart of a worshiper. When we come to worship we can’t help but thank God for who he is and what he has done.
All Lands Summoned to Praise God
Psalm 100 is the only psalm with the title, “A Psalm of Thanksgiving.” The Hebrew word for thanksgiving literally means, confession (Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, ed. by R. Laird Harris [Moody Press], 1:365). In this case, it means to confess God’s character and His works. Psalm 100 is the “unclouded summit” (Psalms 73-150, by Derek Kidner [IVP], p. 355) that closes Psalms 93-100, which proclaim God as King. It overflows with the exuberant joy of those who know themselves to be God’s people.
–Steven J. Cole
Note the commands to praise in bold print, and the reasons for praising in verses 3 and 5. I strongly suggest that we learn this psalm by heart and use it to praise God everyday, any time and any place!
1Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
2Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
3Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.
5For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
The hymn tune “Old 100th” is commonly used to sing Psalm 100, “All People That on Earth Do Dwell.” This metrical psalm version originated in the Anglo-Genevan Psalter (1561) and is attributed to the Scottish clergyman William Kethe. The version HERE, harmonized and arranged by the English composer Ralph Vaughn Williams, was sung at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. I strongly suggest that we learn this song by heart and use it to praise God everyday, any time and any place!
1 All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;
him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell.
Come ye before him and rejoice.
2 Know that the Lord is God indeed;
without our aid he did us make;
we are his folk; he doth us feed,
and for his sheep he doth us take.
3 O enter then his gates with praise;
approach with joy his courts unto;
praise, laud, and bless his name always,
for it is seemly so to do.
4 For why? The Lord our God is good;
his mercy is forever sure;
his truth at all times firmly stood,
and shall from age to age endure
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.