Psalm 100 (Shepherd's Notes: Psalms 51-100) 1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! 2Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! 3Know 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. 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. (Reflections on the Psalms (Harvest Book))
Verse 1 - Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! • David wrote this Psalm as a prayer of thanksgiving to God. • David began by telling people they should make a joyful noise to the Lord. • What does it mean to make a joyful noise? Wow Worship (Purple) • Who should this “noise” be made to? • Who is to make this joyful noise?
Verse 2 - Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! • David tells his readers that they should serve the Lord with gladness. • What are some ways that we can serve the Lord? • What does it mean that we should serve Him with gladness? Top 25 Praise Songs 2009 • Is it possible to serve God without gladness? • David tells his readers to come into God’s presence with singing. • Why would we come to God through singing? Songs 4 Worship 50 • Why is music so important to our lives? • Why kind of songs make us feel closer to God? • We should look for songs that we can sing TO God, not just ones that we can sing ABOUT God.
Verse 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. • God is the Lord of the universe. Lord means master, ruler, or controller. • We live in a world that has worked very hard to tell us that God is either not real, or that He is weak and not really in charge of the universe. • Why is it important to know that God is real and that He is Lord over all things? When God Winks at You: How God Speaks Directly to You Through the Power of Coincidence • Because it gives us a great sense of peace to know that someone is in control. • The Bible teaches both in this verse and in many other places that God made us. • This is different than what most of us have been taught in school. • We are the special creation of a mighty God not the accident of a muddy glob!!!! • Why is it important to believe that God made us? • Because is we are a special creation of God then we have a purpose for living and a reason to exist. If we are but an accident of nature, then we have no real purpose for existence. The New Answers Book Vol. 2: Over 30 Questions on Evolution/Creation and the Bible (New Answers (Master Books)) • What does it mean that we are His people? • It means that God chose us and we BELONG!!
Verse 5 - For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. • David wants his readers to know that the Lord really is good. • Sometimes we doubt God is good when bad things happen to us that we do not understand. But God is always working for our good, even when it does not seem like it. Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People: Answers to One of Life's Greatest Moral Questions • We know God is always working for our good because God’s love is steadfast. • Steadfast means it holds true no matter what. • Sometimes our love for God goes up and down depending our how we feel or what may be going on in our lives. But God’s love for us NEVER waivers. • God’s love endures forever.
Conclusion: • We should be thankful to God. To do that sincerely, we must: • Serve the Lord with gladness • Come into the Lord’s presence with singing. • Remember that God is the Lord of all things. • Give the Lord thanks and praise even when we do not understand what is happening to us. • Never doubt God’s goodness, for His love for us endures even when our love for Him waivers.