Daily Family Worship

Psalm 100: “The Old Hundredth”

by | Jun 9, 2024

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“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing” (verses 1-2). No service can be real unless it is free and voluntary, and performed with gladness. Think, my soul, of the freeness and gladness of heart with which Jesus entered upon His service; when He cried out, at the call of the Father, “Lo! I come: I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my bowels” – that is, “It is so congenial to my whole soul that it forms part of My own self” (Psalm 40:7-8). O my soul, what do you say to this view of your Savior? How precious it is to behold Him everywhere, and in all things!

“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” (verse 3). Here we may observe the motives and the encouragements to this cheerful service. Our God is the Lord, and He is a good God. He is our God because He is our Creator; we are His, by right of creation, like sheep that have a shepherd. Therefore, since we belong to Him, shall we not be cared for by Him? Yes, for He is good! What a sweet thought! By both creation and redemption, we are His; and therefore, He has an undoubted right to all our service. How glad we should be, then, to give Him the tribute of our praise!

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (verse 4). Here the invitation – or rather, the command – is reiterated. Surely such a God, such a Creator, and such a Redeemer may well demand our warmest praise! To that end, therefore, let us enter into His courts. Let us approach His footstool. Let praise, thanksgiving, and sacred joy fill every heart, swell every song, and burst from every tongue! Bless His name! We must understand that in the Jewish Temple, the courts of the sacred house became the nearest place that the Gentiles (non-Jews) were permitted to approach in their worship of Jehovah; and even the Israelites themselves were not allowed to enter into the Most Holy Place, where the very presence of the Lord dwelt. But you and I – who are poor Gentiles by nature, and sinners by practice – are permitted to enter into the Holiest of holies, by the blood of Jesus. In fact, we are commanded to come into His presence, so that we may find grace to help in all times of need. Think, dear brother or sister, of the vast privilege! Let us make use of it for the glory of the One in Whose name and righteousness alone we can come; and by Whose rich redemption alone, such blessings are made our own.

“For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations!” (verse 5) How delightfully this verse closes this short but precious Psalm! Why are such blessings bestowed upon us? It might be well asked, “Why has Jehovah made us, and made us anew in Christ Jesus? Why has He opened His heavenly courts, and called upon us to come in?” Is it because mankind is deserving, faithful, and just? Oh no! Indeed, in ourselves, we are most undeserving. Why, then, are we recipients of such vast mercy? Because the Lord is good! The Lord is gracious, and He delights in mercy. He will have compassion upon those whom He will be compassionate to. And His grace and mercy, like Himself, are unchangeable; they are the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hallelujah! Amen, and Hallelujah! “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands!”

Lord, we beseech You to pour out Your merciful Spirit upon all people everywhere, so that they may share our knowledge of Your love; for there is nothing which will better promote the true happiness and gladness of mankind! Amen.

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