Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
3 Know that the LORD Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
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 lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations
Psalm 100 is a psalm for giving thanks to God. The psalm acknowledges all that God has done for us and more importantly, for God’s very nature as the God of all creation. Several weeks ago, I preached a sermon on Psalm 100 on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and the point of the message was: We should give thanks to God every day, for who God is, and for what God has done for us.
Giving thanks to God is what we as Christians must do each and every day, giving thanks in all circumstances. If God allows us to wake up tomorrow morning, we surely should begin our day by thanking Him! We can be facing one of the most difficult and trying days of our life, but if we are focused and centered on God, we can make it through that day with joy!
When we place our focus on God and not on ourselves, we find that we can come before God with thanksgiving and praise, simply because He created us and the world that we live in: “It is He who made us, and not we ourselves.” So we should praise God because of His very nature. “We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” And we should praise Him because we belong to Him and He will care for us. As Christians, we trust that God is in charge and our eternal destiny is assured.
The psalmist gives us three reasons why we should praise God. We should praise God because; the Lord is good, His loving kindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness extends to all generations. The psalmist wants us to understand that God is good, God is love, and God is faithful.
Life moves at a frantic pace and it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that we serve a God who is good, who is love, and who is always faithful to us. It becomes easy for us to focus on our problems instead of praising God for our many blessings. We often tell God what we want instead of asking Him for what we need.
Remember that you serve a God who is good, a God who is loving, and a God who is most of all – faithful to His children. So be thankful for what you do have and trust in the Lord that He will continue to give you what you need.