Weds 2 December - Psalm 100
1 The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength;
indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.
2 Your throne was established long ago;
you are from all eternity.
3 The seas have lifted up, Lord,
the seas have lifted up their voice;
the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
4 Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea –
the Lord on high is mighty.
5 Your statutes, Lord, stand firm;
holiness adorns your house
for endless days.
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Meditation on Psalm 100
This Psalm could be ked at from two viewpoints…
- as an Exodus Psalm, linked to the great rescue act of God when He brought His people Israel out of Egypt and led them to the Promised Land.
- as a personal Psalm, linked to the great rescue act of God when Jesus died on the Cross and rose again to bring us out of the slavery of sin and into the Promised Land when we will be with Jesus for ever in glory.
This Psalm is the climax of the previous eight Psalms which teach us about the sovereignty of God.
There is another theme that runs through these Psalms – i.e. ‘sing’, ‘come before him with thanksgiving’, ‘praise’, ‘proclaim’, ‘rejoice’, ‘make music’, ‘exalt the LORD’, ‘worship’.
Then we come to Psalm 100 and we pick up on those phrases: ‘shout for joy’, ‘worship the LORD’, ‘come before Him’, ‘enter His gates’, ‘give thanks’, ‘praise His name’.
The characteristics of worship are ‘joy’, ‘gladness’, ‘joyful songs’, ‘thanksgiving’, ‘praise’.
Our worship of God is not a doleful dirge but a delightful celebration.
Of course, there will be times when our worship will be reflective, thoughtful and quiet but it can still be joyful, glad, thankful and full of praise.
There are two reasons for our worship.
- The greatness of God
- The goodness of God
The greatness of God.
God is God. We do not worship an unknown God (cf. Acts 17:22-28).
- our Creator
- our Redeemer
- our Father
- our Shepherd
Verse 3 speaks of God as ‘He who made us’. This is not in an individual sense but rather applied to God making His people, applying, in particular, to the people of Israel when He brought them out of Egypt, working on them to make them into His chosen vessel. (cf. Jeremiah 17:1-6)
So too, with us. God has redeemed us in Christ and is making us more like Jesus by the power of His indwelling Spirit. He is still the Potter, making us into His image.
The goodness of God.
He is good because…
- His love never fails
- His faithfulness never ends
- His shepherd care is personal – come back to Psalm 23
- provides us with green pasture
- leads us by quiet waters
- restores our souls
- guides us along the paths of righteousness
- never leaves us
- invites us to His table
- prepares a place for us so that we will be with Him for ever
The last 8 months have been very challenging and difficult for all of us in different ways and there are still challenging times ahead. Is there anything that has not changed? Is there anywhere to turn for some rock-like ground beneath our feet?
Is there anyone out there that we can turn to?
YES there is.
Read this amazing Psalm again and again – and remember GOD IS GREAT and GOD IS GOOD.
He is in control because He is the sovereign God.
How do we respond?
- Shout for joy to the LORD
- Worship the LORD
- Know that the LORD is God
- Give thanks to Him and praise His name
As Joseph Hart wrote:
HOW good is the God we adore, our faithful, unchangeable Friend:
Whose love is as great as His power and knows neither measure nor end!
'tis Jesus, the First and the Last, whose Spirit shall guide us safe home;
We'll praise Him for all that is past and trust Him for all that's to come.
Thursday 3 December - Psalm 101
Friday 4 December - Psalm 102
Saturday 5 December - Psalm 103
Sunday 6 December - Psalm 104
Monday 7 December - Psalm 105
Tuesday 8 December- Psalm 106