Today we shall be studying psalm 100 meaning verse by verse. Psalm 100 is known as a psalm for thanksgiving, and exhortation of praise to God. This song of praise should be considered as a prophecy, and even used as a prayer, for the coming of that time when all people shall know that the Lord he is God and shall become his worshipers, and the sheep of his pasture. Great encouragement is given to us in worshiping God, to do it cheerfully. If, when we strayed like wandering sheep, he has brought us again to his fold, we have indeed abundant cause to bless his name.
The matter of praise, and the motives to it, are essential. We must learn to praise God for who He is, and not just for what he has done. Know it; consider and apply it, then you will be closer and more constant, in your worship. The covenant of grace set down in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, with so many rich promises, to strengthen the faith of every weak believer, makes the matter of God’s praise and his people’s joy so sure. That how sad so ever our spirits maybe when we look to ourselves, yet we shall have reason to praise the Lord when we look to his goodness and mercy. And to what he has said in his word for our comfort.
Psalm 100 teaches us how and why to worship God. Some believe that this psalm was the conclusion of six psalms used in worship when approaching the temple, and therefore sung when at last the congregation entered the temple proper. At times, it also accompanied the thank offering. Worshipers would recite, sing, or chant this psalm as part of their praise.
Psalm 100 meaning verse by verse
Psalm 100:1 “MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE TO THE LORD ALL THE LANDS.”
This is the first verse of the chapter, and it is talking about our worship to the lord, Worship was characterized by the joyful enthusiasm and liveliness of their praise to God, a “joyful noise.” Worship should never be passive
This Psalm is a call to praise. This call is to all the nations. God hears the praise of those who call into him with the same regularity. We are all His children, and He hears our praise. We are told in the Scriptures that He inhabits the praises of all His people.
Psalm 100:2 “SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS! COME INTO HIS PRESENCE WITH SINGING”
This is the second verse, and it is telling us to serve the Lord with happiness, not with fear, under a spirit of bondage, but in the newness of the Spirit. With spiritual joy and freedom of soul. Readily, willingly, cheerfully are we to serve the Lord without seeming evil or dangerous and selfish. Taking delight in him and pleasure in his service, rejoicing in him, without having any confidence in the flesh.
“Come before his presence with singing”: To the throne of his grace with thankfulness for mercies received, as well as to implore others. If we do not truly enjoy serving God, we are not right with God. It should be a joyful thing to go to church and fellowship with God. One of the things that I believe has turned the world off to Christianity is that we do not show them the joy in worshiping. We should even enter the church singing praises to our God. If we genuinely are the bride of Christ.
Psalm 100:3 “KNOW THAT THE LORD IS GOD! IT IS HE THAT MADE US, AND WE ARE HIS, WE ARE HIS PEOPLE, AND THE SHEEP, AND THE SHEEP OF HIS PASTURE.”
This Bible verse tells us to acknowledge in every possible way, both in public and private, that Jehovah the self-existent, and eternal Being is Elohim, the God who made man in his image is in covenant with man. There should never be a question in our mind about who God is or why we worship Him. We are His creation and owe our very existence to Him. Psalm 23rd gives us a perfect example of the glorious provision the great Shepherd has made for His sheep.
Psalm 100:4 “ENTER INTO HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING AND INTO HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE, BE THANKFUL UNTO HIM AND BLESS HIS NAME.”
The gates and courts were those of the temple, which the feet of the saints stand with pleasure. The gates of Wisdom, where his followers watch and wait. The gates into his house, the church, to be entered into with thankfulness; for the Gospel, and Gospel opportunities and ordinances. The Jewish people did enter the gates on their way to the temple and entered His courts with praise on their lips. This goes much further than that to the believers now. We should never go to church grouchy and finding fault with everyone and everything. Have a joyful heart ready to worship Him who saved us. Show your thanks by the sacrifice of praise flowing from your lips, coming from a thankful heart.
Psalm 100:5 “FOR THE LORD IS GOOD, HIS MERCY IS EVERLASTING AND HIS TRUTH ENDURETH TO ALL GENERATIONS.”
This is the last verse, and it tells us how good is our God. God is the source and perfect example of goodness, mercy, truth. The word “mercy” is inevitably associated with redemption in Christ. His mercy saves sinners. The phrase “His truth endureth to all generations” pictures the generations being born and dying, one following after another, while the faithfulness of God remains constant. His Truth shall never stop. Jesus provided salvation to all generations in His one sacrifice of Himself upon the cross. He is good. He will always be good. There is none good except the Lord.
When do you need Psalm 100?
- You can use Psalm 100 when you want to thank God for His mercy
- When you want to magnify God for being so kind to you
- When you want to rejoice before the Holy One of Israel
- When you want to praise the name of the Lord.
Prayer points from Psalm 100
- Lord God, I pray that I will always find a reason to praise your Holy name in the name of Jesus.
- The scripture says your mercy endures forever, and I ask that your mercy will always speak over my life in the name of Jesus.
- Lord God, I ask that you will give me the grace to serve you to the end in the name of Jesus.
- Lord God, I refuse to walk away from your fold; I ask that you will grant me the grace not to become a lost sheep in the name of Jesus.