Psalms 100: 1-5
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.
Small confession: This was one of my favorite Bible verses as a child simply because it was easy to memorize. Yep, that’s the truth. However, taking a look at these five verses I realize how powerful and wonderful they are. Psalms 100:1-5 is about joy, the power of God, and His mercy. Easy to memorize, but amazing to think upon with so many truths simply summed up into five verses.
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord,” verse one calls us to not to be quiet about the Lord, but to shout it out in a joyfull way. Verses two and four show us how to be joyful unto the Lord. In verse two we are to serve Him with gladness that could mean working in our jobs with gladness. The way we work shows others how we serve the Lord. Verse four says to enter into His gates with thanksgiving and praise. When we attend church we should be thankful and ready to learn more of Him.
“He is God,” verses three and five tell us the power of God. In verse three He proclaims that He is God, He made us, and we belong to Him. It can’t get more powerful than that. While verse five tells us His truths will endure. Unlike human truths designed by man, God’s truth will never change and always remain. God and His word are powerful.
Of course, my favorite part is “His mercy is everlasting.” That’s right! God will not change His mind. Once we belong to Him we will always belong to Him. Nothing I do can cut off my relationship with God. I am His sheep and He is my shepherd. He has forgiven my sins and is living in my heart.
May these five simple verses penetrate our hearts and cause us to remember to be joyful in our service to Him, remind us of His great power, and gently fill our hearts with His mercy.
Written By: Little Kristy