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A Psalm of Thanksgiving

11.18.18 “A Psalm for Giving Thanks” Psalm 100 PS 100: Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. The first verses of the psalm include 5 commands, orders, or directives to offer grateful praise to God.
  • It is Your Duty to Give Thanks to God for who He is and what He has Done for You.
  Psalm 100 issues a two-fold call to worship.
  • First, in verses one through three, we are commanded to be joyful. This tells us something about the nature of joy. Joy can be ordered, and that fact means that joy is not happiness. Happiness is based upon what happens. Happiness is thing, people, or event centered.
  • But Joy, is God-centered. This is why you can have Joy no matter what You’re going through. Because with life’s shifts and changes…God's nature, character, and ways remain the same.
  Verses 1-2  tell us to worship joyfully…In worship, the creature comes before his Creator, the finite addresses the infinite, the Foolish come before the All-Wise, and the Sinful come before the Holy.   POINT: "When You Worship God Your Worship ought to be Marked by Joy."   What does it look like to have Joy in God? The 1st imperative of the text is: Shout. Vs 1, "Make a Joyful noise to the Lord." The first four words of that verse, "Make a joyful noise," render one Hebrew word that can be translated simply as "Shout."  It is to make a loud and joyful announcement of triumph!   Next we read, Worship the Lord with Gladness. Romans 12:1 tells us that real worship is a day to day life service:  "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”   The command in the 2nd part of verse two is a Divine Invitation “To Come”.  God invites you to come…He wants your presence, fellowship, and communion.   However, God has one stipulation, When you come, He says, “Come into My Presence with Singing." If you know what the Lord has done for you, you might not be able to sing but you ought to have a song in Your Heart. "Worship joyfully."   Verse 3 commands us “to Know”. Verse 3 says that worship isn't just about a feeling.  You need to know Him. To worship is to ascribe worth.  You cannot ascribe worth to a being that you don't know?   Frederick Buechner in his book, Wishful Thinking, defines what a Christian is. He says, "In the final analysis, Christians are not necessarily nicer people than everybody else, we're just better informed."
  • That is why you can hold it together when people around you are falling apart. When you are in Christ, you know what the world doesn't.  You know that God is God alone, and that He is Lord!
  • This is why you can thank God no matter what is going on, because You know God is in control.
  • If you want to learn how to be grateful in whatever season, then you've got to recognize that God is God all by himself.
  Then he says, God is your Creator, "It is He who has made us and we are His." There is no such thing as a self-made person. You may have worked hard, But you didn't get where you are on your own. The only reason you made it this far is because of God.   Problem: So much of the world does not want the thought of a Creator because if they have a Creator it means they have an authority greater than themselves to answer to.
  • They would rather believe we evolved from monkeys than to believe that an intelligent being fearfully and wonderfully made us by his own creative power. Ps 139
  I'm convinced that there is only one difficult verse in the Bible, Genesis 1:1—"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."  If you really believe Genesis 1:1 you will have no problem believing any other verse in the Bible.  I believe God made a fish that swallowed a man and kept him for three days. I believe God made the sun stand still so that Joshua could win a battle.  I believe Gods Word…I believe God controls the sea, He controls the air, He controls the wind, He controls the fish, and—YES I Believe He Controls You and Me!  We belong to God…And God takes care of what belongs to him.   We are his people and the sheep of his pasture. God is Our Shepherd. The good news is that God will be your Shepherd, which means He will feed you, He will lead you, He will watch over you, He will protect you.   Therefore, our text commands us to, "Be Thankful."  Psalm 100: 1-2 is a call to worship, verse 3 gives us the reason for the call.   Verse 4 commands us to be thankful, it orders us to approach God with grateful praise as we enter the gates and the courts of the temple. Enter into GODS PRESENCE WITH THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE!   Daily, God invites You into His presence, But there is One Stipulation: You are to "Enter His gates with Thanksgiving, and enter His courts with Praise."   Problem:  All too Often, we come to worship down-hearted, frustrated, and mad; or we drag into worship and we sit there with our attitude and our arms folded, waiting on something to happen to get us in the mood to praise the Lord.  Psalm 100 says, You ought to enter with thanksgiving and praise.   You may think with what you’re going through right now, “How can I come in to worship praising God?"
  • Verses 1-4 tell us how to worship with 7 Imperatives/Commands: Shout, Serve, Come, Know, Enter, Give Thanks, and Bless His Name
  • The final verse gives us 3 reasons." Reason #1: For the Lord is Good. Reason #2: His Steadfast Love endures Forever. Reason #3: His Faithfulness is to All Generations.
  Therefore, You Can Trust that God is Good, that He Love is Steadfast and He will be Faithful to YOU Always…It is Your Faith in these Facts that Allow You to Worship at All Times and in All Circumstances with JOY!