Psalms 100:1 “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, 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. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
In verse number four of Psalm 100, we read, “…be thankful unto Him…”. God wants us to be thankful people; but God also wants us to be thankful people unto Him. Truth be told, He deserves all our praise and thanks; but how much time do we really spend being thankful unto Him, how much time do we really spend praising God? What if God were to show us a chart or graph showing our thankfulness and praise to Him; how much time would it show us being thankful unto God and praising Him versus the time that we spend griping, complaining, and being unthankful for what God has done? As we look at the passage above, we see what can motivate us to be thankful unto God and why and how we are to be thankful unto Him.
1. What Moves Us to Be Thankful Unto God (verse 3)
A. Knowing the Lord IS God
As we look at verse three, it starts off by saying “Know ye that the Lord he is God:”. God wants us to know Him as He is, not as we imagine Him to be or desire Him to be or wish Him to be; the Lord IS God, He IS the Creator of everything, He IS the God of everything, He IS in control, He IS the Mighty God, He IS Eternal, He IS God alone, there is none beside Him. As we begin here and see that the Lord IS God and see Him high and lifted up as Isaiah did, we can then begin to see ourselves as we are.
B. Knowing it IS God who made us
We must see that the Lord IS God, which will move us to see that we are made by Him, we are His children bought with a price, and we must remember that who we are today is because of Who He IS!
C. Knowing God IS our provider and protector
We are His people. We are sheep finding provision and protection in the Great Shepherd’s pasture. Knowing this helps us to stay in God’s pasture, in His will for our lives, because it is only in the pasture of the Shepherd that we can find true peace, provision, and protection.
2. Why to Be Thankful Unto God (verse 5)
A. God IS Good
We sing the song, God Is So Good. We say the phrase, God Is Good All the Time. However, when things aren’t going your way, or they seem out of control, or they’re just going plain bad; are you thankful unto God still? We ought to be, because He IS still worthy, for He IS still good, because He IS good – He’s always good. There is never a time that God stops being good. We might not see His goodness because of our fleshly sight, feelings, and thoughts; but He is good even when everything around us seems to be bad.
B. God’s Mercy IS Everlasting
Isn’t it good to know that God’s mercy isn’t going to run out or run dry on us? God’s mercy endures forever; it will always be there for us when we sin, when we stray from God’s path for us, or when we deny and reject Him. It will still be there and available for us.
C. God’s Truth Endures to All Generations
God IS Truth, Jesus IS the Truth, and God has given us His written Word where we find all Truth. God has given us His Truth and we are promised that It will endure to all generations. Men may try to destroy it, some may try to tamper with it, and others may be careless with it; but still we have the promise from God Himself that God’s Word will not pass away, it will abide forever. 1 Peter 1:22-25 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
3. How to Be Thankful Unto God (verses 1-2, 4)
A. Serve Him with Gladness
We can show our thankfulness to God for all that He does for us by choosing to serve the Lord always and doing so with gladness. We ought to serve the Lord with a smile on our face and for sure a joy in our heart. We have many reasons to serve Him: He tells us to, He bought us with His own blood, and He continues to do so much for us every moment of every day. We should be like the servants of Solomon. Do you remember what the queen of Sheba said when she saw them? They were happy as they continually stood before him and listened to his wisdom. 2 Chronicles 9:7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom.
B. Sing to Him with Joyfulness
From the time we wake up to the time we lay our heads down to go to sleep, we ought to sing praises to God and do so with joyfulness in our hearts as we thank Him for all He’s done. As we sing, we ought to sing loud, sing with a smile on our face and joy in our hearts, and sing praises to God. Psalms 98:4-6 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.
C. Praise Him with Thankfulness
As with singing, from morning to night, there ought to be a thankfulness in our hearts that would cause us to praise the name of God. When you get up in the morning, have a time that you spend with God in prayer and reading His Word; but also, be sure to praise Him from out of a thankful heart for everything He does for you. When we thank God and praise Him as we should, He’s pleased, blessed, and happy. Let’s strive to bring pleasure to God by being thankful unto Him each and everyday of our lives, from morning to evening!
Jon Nothstein | YP
Central Baptist Church