Sunday, November 21, 2004

Psalm 100

Is it not truly amazing that God made us and we are His? Psalm 100 reads:

"Shout for joy to the LORD all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him
with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts
with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love
endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. "

How awesome is it that we can enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise? From the beginning of the Psalm, we are commanded to shout for joy to the LORD. This isn't a suggestion but rather a command. We are commanded to shout for joy. One shouldn't look at this as a command, but rather as worship. I mean, why should we not shout for joy? We, as Christians, should be overflowing with joy because of what God has done for us.

Secondly, we again are commanded to know the the LORD is God. There is no question that the LORD is God. We are not to question His authority, Godhood, or power. We are to know that He is God. But, again, why would we even have to question His authority? Creation calls out His name and our very existence is testament to the fact that God is the all-powerful God He says He is.

Thirdly, it is interesting to note, that we are told to enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. We are commanded to enter into His gates. How else could we enter into the presence of the All Mighty God, unless it was for the blood of Jesus on the Cross at Calvery? Christ died and rose again so we, as God's people and sheep of his pasture, could boldly enter His gates and praise His name. Fo no other reason, we are to praise His name because the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.

The LORD never fails. The very God, who knit us together in our mother's womb, never fails. He is faithful through ALL generations. How many other gods can make a claim such as that? The answer is a resounding zero. The Creator-God of everything in existence made us personally and has claimed us as His own. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. There is no questioning to whom we belong. We belong to the LORD God alone. This Thanksgiving, we as believers in Christ, truly have something to be thankful for - God's unfailing love for all generations.

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