Thursday, May 16, 2013

Psalm 100:4 - Thanksgiving, Praise, Blessing

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A Psalm for Giving Thanks

1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,  and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5 For the Lord is good;  his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 100


We continue looking at Psalm 100.  Today we begin at verse 4.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving,  and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!  Psalm 100:4  Enter with thanksgiving.  This is the reason for the psalm.  It is for all of the world and all of its people to offer thanks to Yahweh.  Entering into His gates and His courts refers to the Temple complex.  The nation of Israel was to join joyfully in worship of the I AM.  Today we have no Temple, the temple was destroyed in  70 AD.  How are we to enter into his gates?  The Temple is where the nation of Israel approached God. 

There was a portion of the Temple called the Holy of Holies. In this place only the High Priest could approach God and only one day of the year.  And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed out His life.  And the curtain [of the Holy of Holies] of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  Mark  15:37-38  At the death of Jesus God tore the curtain of the Holy of Holies from top to bottom. This was to show us that the death of Jesus is the final and definitive sacrifice for sin. No longer would the high priest need to enter into the Most Holy Place behind the veil to atone for the sins of the people. Christians have access to God through Jesus His Son.  Jesus obtained eternal redemption for His people. We can enter into the His gates and His courts by prayer.  Through Christ our mediator we have access to the presence of God in prayer.  In Hebrews 4:16, we are told "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."  Furthermore as Christians, we are the temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in and with and among them and will walk in and with and among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 2 Corinthians 6:16  By the grace of God, through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Christ we have access to God in prayer.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving.  Psalm 100:4 commands us to come into Gods presence with thanksgiving. This is the first time in this psalm that we are commanded to give thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is the theme of the psalm and the title of the psalm. The word translated as thanksgiving in this verse is תוֹדָה toda.  This word means: adoration, praise, thanks. This praise is specifically, a choir or congregation of worshippers.  As Christians we are to give praise in songs and prayer to God.  This is to be done by Christians privately in our closet, and corporately with our church family. We are to Enter... his courts with praise!  The Hebrew word translated as praise here is  תְהִלָה thila. This word has a lot of meaning. This word means a hymn, a song of praise and adoration paid to God. This praise is to be an act of general or public praise that is demanded by the attributes of God.  So our praise to God is to be genuine and joyful. We are to praise and thank God because His very nature demands our praise. God is to be the recipient of our praise.

 From the very start of psalm we are told to joyful in our worship and praise of God. In verse four we are commanded to come into the presence of God with thanksgiving and praise.  We are further commanded to Give thanks to him; bless his name!  Psalm 100:4  The word for thanks here is the Hebrew word יָדָה yada.  This word for thanks has as its base an action word that means to physically use the hand. This would be like holding out you hand or throwing a stone. Our thanksgiving is to be especially reverent and with extended hands.  We previously saw that the word bless ( בָרַךְ barak) means to kneel, to show adoration and praise.  We also previously learned that "name" is more than a label.  The word here is שֵׁם sem. Here it means the mark of individuality, or total character of the person. To bless His name is to proclaim or praise the excellence of Yahweh, and to worship Yahweh.  Giving thanks to God is demanded by the character and glory of God.  Giving thanks to God is a privilege of all who love Him.  "In everything give thanks!" 1 Thessalonians 5:18


Many view God only as a kind of heavenly genie, ready when you rub the lamp of prayer to appear and say, “Yes, master; what do you want me to do?” But God is not like that. God is sovereign. God moves according to his own purposes, and he does not play games with us. He is not to be mollified and placated by a temporary return to him when we get into difficulty.
Illustrations for Biblical Preaching Edited by Michael P. Green

Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, - a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
~ George Herbert


Everything we enjoy, should be viewed as coming from the gracious and liberal hand of our sovereign God.  ––  James Smith

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