Remembering God's Faithfulness by Stephen Whitney

Remembering God's Faithfulness
Stephen Whitney
Psalm 100

God wants us to be thankful for who he is and what he has done for us. Often we take God and what he does for us for granted.
Charles Spurgeon wrote, ''So long as we are receivers of (God's)
mercy we must be givers of thanks.''

The psalms are filled with praise to God for what he had done for individuals and for the nation of Israel. But of the 150 psalms only psalm 100 has the title: A psalm for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving - Heb. to confess or praise.
Our word thanks comes from the word to think. Expressions
of gratitude come from thinking about what has taken place. Thanksgiving is to express one's gratitude for something.

During the Protest Reformation the psalm was put into English lyrics by Scottish pastor William Kethe in exile in Geneva.

All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with fear, His praise forth tell;
Come ye before Him and rejoice.

The Pilgrims sang it when they arrived in the new world after spending months at sea. They were thankful for arriving safely and that they could now worship God freely without interference of the king. It became know as the Pilgrim Psalm or the Old 100th.

Background
This psalm is one of a group of eight psalms which celebrate the LORD as king over the earth (93:1, 95:3, 96:10, 97:1, 98:6, 99:1). Of these royal psalms the one hundredth is the doxology.

Structure
The psalm has two stanzas: the first in :1-3 was intended to be sung as people made their way up to the temple and the second
in :4-5 was to be song as they entered the temple courts to worship.

UNIVERSAL CALL TO WORSHIP :1-3
Call: Worship Sincerely :1-2
Three commands are given to the people of God:
1. Proclamation - Make a joyful noise (KJB shout)
When a king assumed his throne or entered a city the people would shout for joy acknowledging his presence and their delight in him.

We are to proclaim that God is King ov ...


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