Psalm 100:1-5 Praise and Gladness 5/2/2016

#1. Make a Joyful Noise (Psalm 100:1, 66:1,4, Gen 12:3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2. Come Before His Presence (Psalm 100:2, Isa 43:11, Rom 3:10, Psalm 58:3, Eph 1:4, Rom 10:17, John 10:28)

 

 

 

 

 

#3. He Has made Us, Not We Ourselves (Psalm 100:3, Prov 16:9, Rom 9:16, John 6:44, Eph 2:10, Psalm 95:6-7, Isa 40:11, 1Pet 5:2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4. Enter With Thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5. For The Lord Is Good (Psalm 100:5, Matt 19:16, Psalm 25:8)

 

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to Psalm 100 (2X). You find the Psalms in the middle of your Bibles. Psalm 100 is a very short psalm. According to our Bibles we read that the title of this Psalm is "A Psalm of Praise". That is a nice title, but every Psalm can be called a Psalm of Praise. For our sermon today I chose the title, "Praise and Gladness" (2X). By this I mean that we praise God with gladness in our hearts. We praise God for His goodness of sending the Lord Jesus Christ into this world to bring salvation to the sheep He chose for His own flock. And we do that with gladness in our hearts for the wonderful news that He has chosen us as the sheep of His pasture. Let us read this entire psalm,

Ps 100:1 <<A Psalm of praise.>> Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

Ps 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Ps 100:3 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.

Ps 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Ps 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

#1. Make a Joyful Noise (Psalm 100:1, 66:1,4, Gen 12:3)

One peculiarity of this Psalm is that this is a psalm where all the lands, meaning all the earth, are called to rejoice in the Lord. It says so here in verse 1.

Ps 100:1 <<A Psalm of praise.>> Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

Do you know what that means? Presently you do not see every country on the earth rejoicing in the God of the Bible. That has never happened in the past and it will not happen in the future. No, not even on Judgment Day. But since God invited all the inhabitants of all the earth to praise Jehovah, it seems that God, in the spirit of prophecy, refers to the period of time when the Church would be gathered out of every nation and tribe and tongue and people. This is the meaning of "all ye lands". I am not alone in this interpretation. The team of 47 scholars who translated the Hebrew and Greek text to produce the KJ Bible also believed in this interpretation. Let me show you this from Psalm 66. Hold one finger here in Psalm 100 and move about 30 pages to your left () to Psalm 66:1 (2X).

Ps 66:1 <<To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm.>> Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:

Here are the same words, "all ye lands". And now drop down to verse 4. There we read,

Ps 66:4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.

"All the earth shall worship Thee". Amazing! "Selah", meaning, "Stand still to see this amazing event; lift up and exalt our God Jehovah, for He shall bring it to pass". All the tribes of the earth shall experience this amazing event. No, not everyone on the earth, but a remnant taken out of every tribe and nation of the earth shall be rejoicing in the Lord. For example, when God said to Abram in Gen 12:3, "And in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed", God did not mean every single family. This Hebrew word that was translated "families" actually means "tribes". This verse would have been better translated, "And in thee shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed", because out of every tribe there will be some who have been elected unto salvation. They are the ones who will praise the Lord with gladness in their hearts. Let us return now to Psalm 100, and let us move on to verse 2,

#2. Come Before His Presence (Psalm 100:2, Isa 43:11, Rom 3:10, 10:17, Psalm 58:3, Eph 1:4)

Ps 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

In OT Israel this was something that they were literally required to do 3X each year. They came to Shiloh, and appeared before Jehovah in Shiloh where the Ark of the Covenant was located for about 340 years. Or they came to Jerusalem when the temple in Jerusalem was built, and appeared before Jehovah in the temple. And you know that Jehovah stands for the Lord Jesus Christ. God says in Isa 43:11, "I, even I, am Jehovah; and beside Me there is no Savior", and the only Savior in existence is Jesus Christ. How do we in the NT time come before the Lord? We come before His presence when we are in prayer, because that is the privilege we received as children of God. And we come before His presence when we are gathered here in church, when we pray, and when we sing praises to Him, and when we worship Him and serve Him in various ways during the worship service. That is why it is utterly ridiculous to believe that the church all over the world is dead. We may not judge people, and certainly not judge people all over the world. Why do we come before His presence with singing? It is because we serve the Lord with gladness. We are exceedingly glad for having been saved from Hell. What does it mean to be saved from Hell? It means that we all came into the world as sinners, in rebellion against God. God says in Rom 3:10, "There is NONE righteous, No, Not One", and that includes every human being, including new born babies. God backs this up in Psalm 58:3 with the statement, "The wicked go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies". It means that everyone in the entire human race came into the world as enemies of God, and therefore everyone in the human race is in need of salvation. But do they want to be saved? No, not at all! Nobody wants the salvation that God provides, because nobody believes the messages from God, our enemy. Therefore, if God wants to save anyone He has to do it all by Himself, without our cooperation. Therefore we read in Eph 1:4 and following verses, that God before the foundation of the world chose a number of people to become saved, His elect, and God chose to save them through the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. The righteousness of God demanded that the penalty for sins be paid. That is why Christ, the Messiah, had to come into the world to atone for the sins of His people. Jesus Christ had to be the substitute for His people and endure the penalty that their sins required. But Jesus Christ also had to be God. Since the penalty is an eternity in Hell, no human being would be able to substitute for another human being. Therefore God sent the 2nd person of the Triune Godhead, God the Son, to this earth to take on a human body so that He, being fully God and fully man, could be our substitute and endure in our place the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for the guilt of our sins. This happened on the cross on Friday April 3, in the year AD 33, that the Lord Jesus Christ suffered in His body and in His Spirit for the sins of everyone whom God the Father had chosen before the foundation of the world. Not one could be added, and not one could be forgotten. Today we would say: Christ suffered by proxy. It means He suffered for the guilt of our sins, because our sins did not exist yet, and we did not exist yet, and our souls did not exist yet. The work that Christ did for us on the cross still had to be imputed to us in our lifetime. For this to come to pass God chose the process of making us "Born Again". At a certain point in our life God the Holy Spirit revealed to us that we were the recipients of the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ: All our sins are gone! How did this message come to us, and how is it that we believed this message? God did a miraculous wonder in our soul, and God gave us a new soul so that we would believe His Word. God says in Rom 10:17, "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God". God sent someone to bring us this message, we believed it and were saved. It meant that we were redeemed from the most cruel bondage to sin and Satan, into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. It also meant that God has done it all. We played no part in our salvation process. All the credit and all the glory goes to God. We only experienced the change that has occurred within us. And since God has performed this great miracle within us no one is able to undo it, not even we ourselves. Once we have experienced this great salvation, we are safe and secure for all eternity. The Lord Jesus said in John 10:28, "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand". Thus it is all by grace. Our salvation, and our sanctification, and our perseverance in the faith are all a free gift from God. Of course, if we claim to be saints but we live like the Devil, we are demonstrating thereby that we have never believed God's commandments that are in the Bible, and we show that we have never been saved. But if we can see that there has been a change in our life, and we believe all that is in the Bible is God's Word, then we can say that we have believed unto salvation. This faith did not come of our own selves, but it was a free gift from God. This is the meaning of being saved from Hell. This is why we serve the Lord with gladness, and with singing. No matter what affliction we may have to endure in this life, we will keep the faith and we will remain loyal to our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. God will see to it that we do not lose faith. Now let us move on to verse 3, where we read,

#3. He Has made Us, Not We Ourselves (Psalm 100:3, Prov 16:9, Rom 9:16, John 6:44, Eph 2:10, Psalm 95:6-7, Isa 40:11, 1Pet 5:2)

What is the meaning of this strange language? What subject matter is God touching on now?

Ps 100:3 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.

God is addressing idolatry! Are there really people who believe that they have made themselves? No! Nobody believes that they have physically made themselves. But many people believe that they have made themselves into the persons that they are now. Before I was saved I believed that I was a self-made-man. I believed that I had my destiny in my own hands. I was on my way to be a world-famous scientist, and I went to work to make this come to pass. Of course, it was all in God's providence that I was thinking that way, because when the time was ripe God made my make-believe-world crumble to pieces. Then I understood that God only is the Lord who rules over all things, and He decides who will receive whatever He has determined from the beginning. We do not rule our own lives. God says in Prov 16:9, "A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps". Therefore Psalm 100:3 starts by saying, "Know ye that the Lord He is God". We are in His hands. And as soon as we begin to believe that He is in our hands, he is no longer God, but he is a god made by man. Let me explain what I mean. When we believe that we can repent and turn to Jesus at the time that we choose, such as on our deathbed, then we have paid no attention to the God of the Bible, because the Bible says in Rom 9:16, "So then it is NOT of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy". Also the Bible says in John 6:44, "No man CAN come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him". Therefore if we choose to ignore that God is sovereign, we are ignoring one of the great attributes of God, of which God has taken great pains to record in several hundred places in the Bible. If we choose to ignore the righteousness and the sovereignty of God, which attributes are towering over His love and His kindness, then we have made ourselves an idol which we like, but which does not resemble the God of the Bible. Do you think that God will be lenient and pass over this sin? In the OT idolatry was punishable by death. Do you think that God is more lenient now than He was in the OT? Of course not! Idolatry has always been the sin that God hates more than any other sin. We may not distort the image of the God of the Bible. That is idolatry. And whenever we rob God of the honor of having saved us out of the house of bondage, we have made an idol. Whenever we worship ourselves by ascribing to ourselves the power that exclusively belongs to God, we have made an idol. "It is He that hath made us" according to the good pleasure of His will. What do the preachers of "free-will" tell us? They tell us that we by our own endeavors have the power to change ourselves from being sons of Adam to being sons of God. But God says in Eph 2:10, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them". He is the God who has made us. We are just dumb sheep. We cannot get any credit for our good works even after our salvation. We had no choice in the act of our creation, we had no choice in the act of God in saving us, and we still have no choice in the matter of our sanctification. These are all gifts from God to His dumb sheep. Hold one finger here in Psalm 100 and turn the page to Psalm 95:6 (2X). This also is a Psalm that tells us to make a joyful noise and to come into His presence with thanksgiving and singing. And then God says in verses 6 and 7 of Psalm 95,

Ps 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

Ps 95:7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

O come and worship Jehovah our maker. We are His people, and we are the sheep of His hand.

We did not become the sheep of His hand, but we are the sheep of His hand. Compare this now with the 2nd half of Psalm 100:3, We did not become the sheep of His pasture, but "we are his people, and we are the sheep of his pasture". God's elective program shines through almost on every page of the Bible. How can anyone deny that our God is a God who chooses who will be saved? And how can anyone object to a plan of salvation that includes election. Before the foundation of the world God the Father chose a Bride for His Son. What is so bad about that? God loved His elect so much that He was willing to send His Son to Hell for His elect. The love of God for His elect is dripping from many pages of the Bible. For example, let me read to you from Isa 40:11, "He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young". How does the Lord Jesus feed His flock? How does He gently lead those that are with young? Does that not refer to the Good Shepherd in John chapter 10? And does that not refer to those who have to raise little children in the fear and nurture of the Lord? Where do those parents find this treasure? Of course, in the Bible. There is where we find our spiritual food, and there is where we find the admonitions to raise our children, and there is where we find the treasure of Godly wisdom how to love our wives and our children in a God glorifying way. There is where we find those things that are pleasing in His sight. And to the undershepherds, the Pastors and Elders in the church, God says: "Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly" (1Pet 5:2). In the Bible God feeds us by the Word and by the Sacraments. That is because the sacraments, Water Baptism and the Lord's Supper, are to us memorials of the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is how we are spiritually being fed, through reminders of the suffering and death of our Savior Jesus Christ. We should never get tired of hearing that, because this is how Christ feeds our souls and this is how Christ kindles in us a love for Him and for the Father who sent Him. Let us now move on to verse 4 of Psalm 100.

#4. Enter With Thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4)

Ps 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

In the OT time this refers to entering through the gates of the temple and entering the courts of the temple. But how do we interpret these words for the NT time? When we became saved, God took us out of the kingdom of Satan, where He found us, dragged us past the gates of Hell which could not hold us, and translated us through the gates of His Kingdom into the Kingdom of His dear Son (Col 1:13). That is why we enter into His gates with thanksgiving. How much must we be thankful for? Well let us review what we have learned so far. We must make a joyful noise, because we are glad for our deliverance from Hell through the cross of Christ, and through the new birth we received from God the Holy Spirit. We are exceedingly glad to have received the privilege of coming into His presence anywhere and anytime through prayer and supplication, especially on behalf of others who still need to be saved. This privilege we received because at the time we became "Born Again" we also became sons of God. We are exceedingly glad to acknowledge that He has made us, and not we ourselves, and thus we acknowledge that He is a sovereign God who saves whom He will and who loves His elect people so intensely that He gave His only begotten Son to pay the penalty for their sins. We are exceedingly glad to have received our spiritual food in the Word and in the sacraments. Therefore with thanksgiving today we are bringing a child to Jesus in the sacrament of water Baptism. We do not believe that this child will be instantly saved the moment I sprinkle water on her head, just like the water does not instantly become the blood of Christ. This is the NT outward sign of the Covenant. It is the outward sign that this child will be brought up in a Gospel home, just like the OT outward sign of the Covenant was the sign of circumcision. Children were not circumcised because they were saved. Judas Iscariot was circumcised and we know for sure that he was not saved. Therefore we rejoice that this child will hear about Jesus and about His suffering and death on the cross for her sins. She will have sins; that we know for sure. And therefore she will need salvation. This water Baptism will be only the first step toward her salvation. The parents and we must see to it that this child will be exposed to the Word of God. And now it is up to God. God uses parents as instruments of His providence. You remember, the providence of God are the hands of God that carry out His plans, which He has designed in His Counsel before the foundation of the world. Since we do not know the plans of God, we leave it in God's hands. He is just and righteous. He will be just and righteous in this case also. To our consolation we remember that our God is merciful. The Bible says that He is a God who delights in mercy. And then we read in our last point,

#5. For The Lord Is Good (Psalm 100:5, Matt 19:16, Psalm 25:8)

Ps 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

The Bible says that only God is good. The Lord Jesus said in Matt 19:16, "There is none good but one, that is, God". This is repeated in three of the narrative Gospels, and so we must believe that only God is good. Since Christ is God we can also say that the Lord Jesus Christ is good. What does it mean that God is good? Well, for example we read in Psalm 25:8,

Ps 25:8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

The goodness of God is reflected in this that He does not send everyone to Hell, which they so justly deserve, but He teaches the way of salvation to those who know that they are sinners. Once He has given His mercy to those whom He saves, His mercy is everlasting. The last five words of this Psalm could have been better translated. Literally the ending of this Psalm is as follows: "His faithfulness unto generation and generation". The Hebrew word translated "truth" has been translated "faithfulness" much more often than "truth". Does it matter? Yes it does! His truth refers to the Bible. The Word of God is truth. But His faithfulness is an attribute of God that describes Him as the Rock on which I can lean, and on whom I can depend all my life. When He says, "My grace is sufficient for thee", then I can depend on His grace helping me out every time I prepare a sermon, or giving me wisdom in interpreting the Bible, or helping me with interpersonal relationships, and so on. In turn, God demands from us that we raise up our children faithfully, teaching them the doctrines of the Bible rather than the doctrines of man. In order to do this we need a large amount of grace to help us in this task. Let me read to you a 200 year old poem:

Our children, Lord, in faith and prayer, we now devote to Thee;

Let them Thy covenant mercies share and Thy salvation see.

Such helpless babes Thou didst embrace while dwelling here below;

To us and ours, O God of grace, the same compassion show.

In early days their hearts secure from worldly snares, we pray;

O let them to the end endure in every righteous way.

These are the words of the hymn that we are going to sing in a few minutes.

AMEN. Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.

setstats