Saturday 5 September, 2020
Title: Know that the Lord, He is God
By: Pastor Johnson Chong
Translated by: Lucy Ling

Psalm 100
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures for ever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100 is a very familiar Psalm. Although this Psalm has only a few verses, it has fascinated and attracted countless people in the past. It is true that its attraction will last forever, just as the Lord’s covenant love and faithfulness to His people is firm and everlasting for ever and ever.

In this familiar Psalm, there are seven “SHOULDs”: Shout for joy to the Lord; Worship the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful songs; Know that the Lord is God; Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; Give thanks to Him and Praise His name.

And the most important of all is in the third verse – “Know that the Lord is God”.

As the poet reminds us, “You must know that the Lord is God!“ Dear brothers and sisters, ”we were created by Him and belong to Him; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” So, brothers and sisters, why do we worship and praise God? Because He is God! Psalmist says when preparing to worship God, we should have and “know that the Lord is God” as the focus in our worship and praises.

At the beginning of each church’s Sunday service, I would encourage the chairperson of the service to read this psalm aloud. Let all worshippers know clearly and prepare their hearts to come to God in Spirit and in truth to worship and praise Him. Just like the three callings of the Psalm at the beginning; come to cheer, come to serve, and sing. We should come to God in Spirit and in truth to worship Him. Because the God we worship is the Lord of lords and the King of kings.

This psalm also tells the world to enter His gates with thanksgiving; to enter His courts with praise. Therefore, the gates to God are always open. It was an invitation to the Israelites to walk through the doors of the temple and come to God. The psalmist said to the people of Israel: Know that the Lord is God, ” Shout for joy to the Lord”, “Worship the Lord with gladness ” and ” come before him with joyful songs ” (verses 1~2).

In ancient times, when the king arrived, his people often cheered loudly. Therefore, the whole earth should sing and cheer to God! The Israelites should shout for joy because God made them His people (v. 3). They enter the gates of God with thanksgiving and praise, all because of God’s goodness and love that will last forever (vv.4-5). Even if they forget their identity and stay away from God, He remains faithful and still welcomes them back to Him.

Prayer: Dear Abba Heavenly Father, we are grateful to be able to worship and praise You. Thank you Lord, when we proclaim Psalm 100 aloud, we again remind all those who come before You that we should all know that the Lord is God and should worship you with a sincere and honest heart. Let us serve the Lord and sing to You. Because the Lord is good. Your love lasts forever; your faithfulness lasts forever. We pray in the holy name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

星期六,2020年9月5日
题目:當曉得耶和華是神
作者:张胜牧师

詩篇100篇
1普天下當向耶和華歡呼!
2你們當樂意事奉耶和華,當來向他歌唱!
3你們當曉得耶和華是神!我們是他造的,也是屬他的;我們是他的民,也是他草場的羊。
4當稱謝進入他的門;當讚美進入他的院。當感謝他,稱頌他的名!
5因為耶和華本為善。他的慈愛存到永遠;他的信實直到萬代。

众人都非常熟悉的诗篇100篇,这一篇诗歌虽然只有短短的几节经文,但它却让历世历代无数的人为它著迷和吸引。的确它的吸引力永远长存,正如主向祂的子民立约的慈爱和信实一样,坚定恒久、存到永远、直到万代。

在這首我們很熟悉的詩篇中,一共用了七個『當』﹕當向耶和華歡呼、當樂意事奉祂、當來向祂歌唱、當曉得祂是神、當稱謝祂、當讚美祂、當感謝祂。而其中中心最重要,那個『當』就是第三節所說的『當曉得耶和華是神』。

因此詩人在這裏提醒我們說『你們當曉得耶和華是神!』亲爱的弟兄姊妹,『我們是他造的,也是屬他的;我們是他的民,也是他草場的羊』。所以弟兄姊妹,為什麼我們要敬拜讚美神?因為祂是神!因為這是在詩人說我們『應當』的許多的預備和行動中,『當曉得耶和華是神』是我們敬拜、讚美神中最重要、最根本的一個中心思想。
在教会的主日崇拜会开始时,我都会鼓励当天的主席领唱,在宣召时要大声朗读这一诗篇。让所有来敬拜赞美神的人清楚知道,也预备心,以心灵和诚实来到神的面前,来敬拜赞美祂。正如诗篇开始时它的三个呼召;来欢呼、来事奉、来歌唱。我们当以心灵与诚实来到神的面前,来敬拜祂。因为我们所敬拜的那位神,是万主之主,万王之王。

这诗篇也告诉世人,當稱謝進入祂的門;當讚美進入祂的院。所以,所有来到神面前的大门总是敞开的。就是邀请以色列百姓走过圣殿的大门,来到上帝的面前。诗人对以色列百姓说:當曉得耶和華是神,『向耶和华欢呼』,并且『当来向祂歌唱』(1~2节) 。

在古时,欢迎君王到来时,人们往往都会大声欢呼。因此,全地都当向神欢呼歌唱!以色列百姓应当欢呼,因为神让他们成为祂的子民(3节) 。他们带着感谢与赞美进入神的门,全因为神的良善与慈爱坚定恒久、直到万代(4-5节) 。即便他们忘了自己的身分而远离神,祂依然信实,且依然欢迎他们回到祂的面前。

祷告:亲爱的阿爸天父,我们存着感恩的心,来敬拜和赞美你。感谢主,当我们大声以诗篇100篇宣告的时候,再次地提醒所有来到你面前的人,我们都当晓得耶和华你是神,都以心灵与诚实来敬拜你。我们当来事奉耶和华,当来向你歌唱。因為耶和華本為善。你的慈愛存到永遠;你的信實直到萬代。奉主耶稣基督的圣名祷告,阿门。

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