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Psalm 100: Psalm Of Giving Our Praise To God (4 of 5)
Series: Psalms - Desiring God
Introduction: Today we turn our attention to a mighty little psalm, Psalm 100, the psalm of thanksgiving and worship. The author of this psalm and the occasion for which it was written are unknown, but it is believed to have been written and chanted by a festive procession as the people approached the temple and has been used in daily service of the synagogue since ancient times.
This is the only psalm designated as a psalm of thanksgiving and was used in the temple with the sacrifice of praise. It exhorts us to serve the Lord with gladness because He is God our creator, He owns us and He deserves our worship. This is also called a missionary psalm as it refers to all the nations of the earth, all the inhabitants of the earth hearing about our great God and coming before the Lord. We will develop our thought along the giving of our own praise and thanksgiving offering.
"This psalm was first used in a most interesting manner. We are to see a group of pilgrims arriving at the outer gate of the Temple, perhaps, as in Jesus' day, from as far away as Egypt to the west, or Mesopotamia to the east. They are met at the gate by an official whose task it is to greet them 'liturgically'.
"Verses 1-2. This official asks the pilgrims to turn their backs on the Temple first of all. They are to face the nations from which they have come at the ends of the earth. Facing away, then, they repeat after him this invitation, nay, this command to all people that dwell on the face of the earth, even the Egyptians who had once held them as slaves, and the Mesopotamians, the pagans of the east, the cruel Edomites to the south and the warlike Syrians to the northeast. The message of the psalm was that even the farthest of the nations were to 'worship' Yahweh, the God of Israel; they were to come to Jerusalem on pilgrimage, and to enter the Temple courtyards with singing! We understand this word serve the better when we see how it is used in the idea of a church 'service'.
"Then they were to shout to these nations symbolically (or to take back these words when they go home): Know that the Lord ('alone'-is what the Hebrew means) is God. Thereupon the pilgrims turn round and face each other this time and declare to one another: It is he that made us and we are his. In these words they remind themselves that they are God's own possession among all peoples, actually words which God has spoken through Moses at the moment when he made his covenant with Israel at Sinai… Then finally the group of worshippers repeat to each other: We are his, meaning that we are not our own property-or, as they may have said-he made us and we did not make ourselves. For it is the Lord who makes individual believers into a congretation."
I. INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 100
A. TITLES OF PSALM 100
1. Serve the Lord with Gladness
2. Exalt God with Our Praise
3. Psalm for the Thank ...
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