Let Us Offer Praise and Thanksgiving to God (Psalm 100)
1. On our 5th anniversary we are especially mindful of God's blessings. 2. This is an appropriate time to study Psalm 100. 3. The main lesson to learn from this Psalm is: "Let us offer praise and thanksgiving to God."
I. (vs.1-3) GOD'S PEOPLE ARE TO OFFER PRAISE TO HIM
A. (vs.1-2) 3 statements show how God's people are to praise Him: 1. "make a joyful noise unto the Lord" 2. "serve the Lord with gladness" (see Psalm 122:1) 3. "come before His presence with singing." B. Many of the psalms begin with similar appeals (95:1; 96:1; 98:1). C. (vs.3) 3 statements show why God deserves praise: 1. "the Lord He is God" (see Psalm 95:3-5) 2. "He has made us, and not we ourselves" (see Psalm 95:6) 3. "we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture" (see Psalm 23). a. (vs.1a) David had made the Lord his Shepherd. b. He listed 12 blessings he enjoyed as a result of making the Lord his Shepherd. 1) Contentment: "I shall not want" 2) Providential care: "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures" 3) Peace: "He leadeth me beside the still waters" 4) Restoration: "He restoreth [turns back] my soul" 5) Direction: "He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake" 6) Courage: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil" 7) Companionship: "Thou art with me" 8) Comfort: "Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me" 9) Favor: "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil" 10) Abundance: "My cup runneth over" 11) Assurance: "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life" 12) Immortality: "I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever."
II. (vs.4-5) GOD'S PEOPLE ARE TO OFFER THANKSGIVING TO HIM
A. (vs.4) 2 statements show how God's people are to give Him thanks: 1. "enter into His gates with thanksgiving" 2. "be thankful unto Him." B. Many of the psalms contain similar appeals (105:1; 106:1; 107:1). C. (vs.5) 3 statements show why God deserves thanksgiving: 1. "the Lord is good" 2. "His mercy is everlasting" (see Psalm 103:8, 11) 3. "His truth endureth to all generations."
1. Praise and thanksgiving have always been important elements in the service that God desires from His people. 2. The Israelites -- Psalm 100 shows us that the Israelites were to serve and worship God with praise and thanksgiving. 3. Christians -- See Ephesians 5:19-20; Hebrews 13:15 4. On the basis of these principles, let us offer praise and thanksgiving to God continually!