Bible lesson on Psalm 100 by Daniel Pac, followed by a song by Kristalyn Pac.
Track is 9:51 minutes. Transcript below.
We’ll start the sermon, and we’re gonna do something just a little bit out of the ordinary. I’ve actually prepared two sermons today, and the little one we’re gonna call a sermonette, and you’re gonna get that right now. So it’s a double dose of the word of God.
What I’d like to do is … we passed out copies of Psalm 100, and I’m gonna give just a two-minute talk through some of the things that I see in Psalm 100. I’m not gonna get all of it. You could spend all day studying any of the Psalms, they’re so rich. So I’ll give a little sermon right now, and then we’ll read it together as our call to worship. I’ll read it first and talk a little bit about it.
So it says,
1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. ~ Psalm 100:1-2
So, we see the psalm opening already with commands. A big part of the Bible is about all of us organizing our hearts and our thoughts to be compatible with God, and God is constantly revealing Himself as the center and the source of all authority. So it’s very appropriate for Him to start addressing us with a command. It’s something that in casual conversation would be quite offensive, but in a relationship with God, it’s very appropriate, because He is the Supreme Being. So He’s starting by getting our attention by giving us commands.
And then, in His grace and His mercy, He immediately gives us a reason, something to hold onto for why we might want to follow His command. He says,
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. ~ Psalm 100:3
So if you’re thinking, “Why should I serve the Lord with gladness?” it’s because He made you. It’s because He created you. He thought you up, and He put you together, and He gave you the opportunity to have a beautiful life on a beautiful planet. And He’s given you the opportunity to make your own decisions, to make mistakes, and then to turn back to Him and to be born again, and to be given eternal life, and to be glorified with His Son.
So, there’s plenty that you could see here. He has the authority to give us commands, but then He’s also giving us reasons ~ good reasons ~ to obey and to turn to Him. And not just in our minds, but also in our hearts. It says, Serve the LORD with gladness. It doesn’t say, “Serve the LORD.” It’s very easy for us to deceive each other. I could serve my wife but secretly be resentful. But it’s not that way with God. God is not just wanting our service but also wanting our hearts to be right before Him.
And something that the world is very good at guiding us away from, but God is constantly guiding us back to, is that our hearts are our domain. We have influence and control. Our hearts are not at the mercy of our desires, of our emotions, of the whims of things that flutter through us. There’s actually a place within our will where we can control our hearts, where we can organize our hearts. So He’s not just saying, “Serve me,” but, “Serve me with gladness.”
And then down in verse 4:
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. ~ Psalm 100:4
This is the appropriate attitude [with which] to be approaching God. And the reason I am opening the service with it is because this is the main event for many of us in the week where we are approaching God. I mean, He’s available all day, every day, but because of the way many of us have organized our lives, this time of the week is often the time where we are focusing on Him. So this is the attitude [with which] to come to Him.
And then He also again, after giving us these commands, He’s saying why we might want to obey:
For the LORD is good;
How good is He?
His mercy is everlasting;
It’s unlimited. It never began, and it never stopped. It’s completely available and unfolding.
and his truth endureth to all generations. ~ Psalm 100:5
So the goodness and the truth of God [are] eternally available and present to all people ~ little children, elderly, adults, anybody on the whole planet who’s ever existed ~ God’s goodness and His mercy and His truth have been available.
And I can even see it in the psalm that He’s constantly giving us good reasons ~ reasons to focus on His goodness and to be able to organize our hearts to be glad that we’re serving Him, and to be thankful for all the many ways that He’s sustaining us and leading us forward into Him.
So that’s my sermonette on Psalm 100. And now, as our call to worship, I would like us to read it together and [let these words] help us to organize our hearts to be thankful unto God and to be available for what He has for us today, what He has planned for us, what He wants to speak to each of us, so that we can know Him more, please Him more, and be fully blessed. So, we’ll read together:
1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. ~ Psalm 100:1-5
Make a Joyful Noise Unto the LORD Song Lyrics:
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us,
and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (Bless his name!)
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.