Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Psalm 100:3 - Know that The Lord, He is God

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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

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Psalm 100 is a short psalm.  It is full of praise and thanksgiving.  It teaches us how and who to praise.  It is a great psalm to put to memory. Today in America many live in a world of abundance. We have plenty to be thankful for.  As Christians, we should know to whom we owe out gratitude. It is acceptable to have nice things, but it is not acceptable for nice things to have you. Remember this psalm when the wealth of your blessings pulls you away from the heart of the One who Blessed.  Read it, sing it, pray it and live it.

We will take a look verse three today.  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.  Psalm 100:3  Know that the Lord, he is God!  Both Lord (Yahweh), and God אֱהִים lohiym  (Elohim) are used.  This wording of both Lord and God is what we read in the Shemà.  Deuteronomy 6:4  The Lord your God is One. We are assured that this is the only true God. Our God is the creator of all mankind.  All mankind is to praise and thank Him. We may quickly accept that Christ is out Savior, but we tend to fight Him as our Lord. He is our risen Savior and He must be first place in our lives.

 It is he who made us, and we are his;  This is sometimes translated (generally in older translations) as It is He who made us, and not we ourselves.  In Hebrew the word not לא (lo) and his לו(lo) sound identical.  The were called homonyms when I was in school.  Now I believe they are called homophones.  The "we are His" is the better translation, but both are meaningful.  The inspired word of God is dependable, and His Word is incorruptible.  There is no such thing as self-made man.  We may like to think so, but it isn't true. We are not the "master of our fate and captain of our soul" as wrote William Earnest Henley.  How could we be when Jesus said, "Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature."  Matthew 6:27  God made us all!  Every single person that lived, lives, or will live was created by God.   We owe our lives to Him.  The nation of Israel was called by God to be His people.  Today God calls His people from all nations to come to Him.  He calls His children and they are His.

We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  If Christ is your Lord and Savior, you are one of His people. you are one of His sheep.  He made us His people.  God chose us.  We are His sheep and He is our shepherd by the plan of God.  We are His and He is our sovereign Creator.  God is the benefactor of His sheep, but He is the Shepherd.  We are not in charge of our lives.  We belong to Him.  He is our Lord and to Him we must submit.  As the good and perfect Shepherd God will take perfect care of His sheep. If you know Christ as your Savior, you receive all the benefits of the child of God. Christians, Rejoice. Delight in the knowledge that we are His sheep.

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Joy
Many people have heard that JOY means Jesus first, Others next, and Yourself last. But in a Christmas sermon in 1998, Pastor Phil Toole of Mountain Valley Community Church of Scottsdale, Arizona, put it different.
Jesus
O
You
“The ‘J’ stands for Jesus,” said Pastor Toole. “The ‘Y’ stands for you. Do you know what the ‘O’ stands for? It stands for zero. Just what it says—nothing. What I am saying here is the way to stay close to Jesus and keep joy in your heart is let nothing between Jesus and you.”






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