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