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Complete Thanksgiving

Main Idea: God deserves our thanks.

Psalm 100 NKJV
A Psalm of Thanksgiving. Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

Motivating Idea: The presence of God is manifested under the umbrella of thanksgiving.

Key Question: Who or what are you most thankful for?

1. What does complete thanksgiving look like? (v. 1-4)

Psalm 100:4 NKJV
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

A. Thanksgiving includes a joyful noise. (v. 1)

Psalm 100:1 NKJV
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
“All the Earth”
Psalm 32:11 NKJV
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

B. Thanksgiving includes service. (v. 2a)

Psalm 100:2 NKJV
Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
With Gladness…not gloom.
Gladness = Jubilation
w/ service take the focus from us to HIM
Colossians 3:23 NKJV
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,
Acts 2:46–47 NKJV
So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

C. Thanksgiving includes coming to the Lord. (v. 2b)

Psalm 100:2 NKJV
Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
with singing = exultation
rarely do you hear someone singing with a bad attitude or negative spirit.
2 Chronicles 31:2 NKJV
And Hezekiah appointed the divisions of the priests and the Levites according to their divisions, each man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and peace offerings, to serve, to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the camp of the Lord.
Ephesians 5:19 NKJV
speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,

D. Thanksgiving includes knowing. (v. 3)

Psalm 100:3 NKJV
Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Lord = Jesus = God
He bad us & He owns us!
Psalm 95:6 NKJV
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

E. Thanksgiving includes entering His presence. (v. 4a)

Psalm 100:4 NKJV
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
thanksgiving = sacrifice of thanksgiving
Psalm 116:17–19 NKJV
I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord Now in the presence of all His people, In the courts of the Lord’s house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

F. Thanksgiving includes praising Him. (v. 4b)

Psalm 100:4 NKJV
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
1 Chronicles
1 Chronicles 29:13 NKJV
“Now therefore, our God, We thank You And praise Your glorious name.
Hebrews 13:15 NKJV
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

G. Thanksgiving includes adoring Him. (v. 4c)

(v. 4c)

Psalm 100:4 NKJV
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
1 Chronicles 29:20 NKJV
Then David said to all the assembly, “Now bless the Lord your God.” So all the assembly blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and bowed their heads and prostrated themselves before the Lord and the king.

2. Why does complete thanksgiving matter? (v. 5)

A. God is good. (v. 5a)

Psalm 100:5 NKJV
For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
Psalm 119:68 NKJV
You are good, and do good; Teach me Your statutes.

B. God’s goodness never quits. (v. 5b)

Psalm 100:5 NKJV
For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
Psalm 103:12 NKJV
As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103:17 NKJV
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,
mercy = “chesed” - richest Hebrew word!

C. God’s truth lasts forever. (v. 5c)

Psalm 100:5 NKJV
For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
Hebrews 6:13–18 NKJV
For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
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