THE HUNDREDTH PSALM
The title of Psalm 100 is “A Psalm of Praise.” Praise, I would say, is the highest form of worship. For example, we celebrate Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. But we must begin with singing Hosannas, with the children of Jerusalem, to welcome the lowly King in His Triumphal Entry. As the multitudes cut down branches of trees and wave palm fronds to greet their King, so we call that Sunday, Palm Sunday.
In the Holy Land the re-enactment of the spontaneous outburst of praising God in the Highest cannot be resisted. And who can forbid a local Church from praising God waving palm fronds, marching around their Church grounds? I know of some churches that have done this.
Do you know Psalm 100 is often sung without our realizing it? (Psalm 100 is also often used as a call to worship.)
Verse 5 sums up God’s character and contains a mass of reasons for praise. He is good, gracious, kind, bountiful, loving; yea God is love. He who does not praise the good is not good himself. God is not mere justices, stern and cold; He has bowels of compassion, and wills not the sinner’s death. He has entered into covenant with His people, and He will never revoke it. Our heart leaps for joy as we bow before One who has never broken His word or changed His purpose.
Dear reader, if you have Jesus in your heart, you too can sing and praise God like the Psalmist. Praise your Lord daily. Thank Him for who He is and for His every blessing in your life daily.
THOUGHT: I am but a sheep.
PRAYER: Lord, Thou art my Shepherd.