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Psalm 100
Intro: This Psalm concludes a series of Psalms that began with Psalm 91.
Because this Psalm is a call to Thanksgiving, the title literally reads, “A Psalm Of Shouting.” It is a plea from the psalmist to the hearts of his readers to look to the Lord and to exalt His Name!
This week, we will carry out a tradition that is as old as America. In 1621, after a terrible year in which half their number died of starvation or disease, the Pilgrims set aside 3 days in December to praise the Lord for a bountiful corn harvest. Many years later in 1789, President George Washington proclaimed November 26 as a national day of Thanksgiving unto the Lord. This was in response to God’s granting American independence from Britain. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln revived this old tradition of rendering thanks unto the Lord, and finally in 1941, the United States Congress decreed that the fourth Thursday in November was to be a national day of Thanksgiving unto the Lord God.
For many, Thanksgiving will merely be a day when family gathers together, eats an enormous meal, watches football on TV, and, most important of all, it is a day when they do not have to go to work.
I hope that it will mean more to us than that! In truth, we must never be guilty of allowing our thanks to wait until Thanksgiving to be expressed. We are to be thankful to the Lord every day of our lives. God goes so far as to say that being thankful to Him is His will for our lives - 1 Thes. 5:18.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV 1900
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Yet, I am afraid that we are a very ungrateful people! Children are ungrateful to parents, people are ungrateful to one another, and worse of all, people are ungrateful to God.
For the believer there are plenty of Scripture references that encourage us to be thankful, along with many different reasons for doing so.


(Ill. The Psalmist opens this Psalm by issuing a call to worship and praise before the Lord. He teaches us how we are to come into God’s presence. By the way, nothing brings us into the presence of the Lord like lifting His Name!
He promises us that He will “inhabit the praises of His people”, Psalm 22:3.

A. V. 1 Enter With Shouting

- “Make a joyful noise” comes from one Hebrew word which means “to shout.” Vocal praise unto the Lord is out of fashion in our modern, reserved church world, but it is still in vogue as far as God is concerned! When we verbally declare our praise for Him, it glorifies His name and brings us into His presence. May God give us all a shout in the soul that will find expression on the lips!
(Psalms 47:1) O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
(Ill. Luke 19:37-40 - I do not want the stones to have to cry out because I remain silent!)
Luke 19:37–40 KJV 1900
37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; 38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. 39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. 40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

B. V. 2a Enter With Service

- We are challenged to “serve the Lord with gladness.” That is, we are to never allow our labor for the Lord to become a drudgery. We are not to grow weary in well doing - Gal. 6:9. The word “gladness” literally means “mirth or joy.” That is, we are to look upon our service to the Lord as a cause for rejoicing. Instead of seeing it a chore, we are to view it as a privilege afforded to those who have been redeemed by grace and who have been chosen by the Lord to do His work and will in the world.
(Ill. Paul - (1 Timothy 1:12) And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
(When is the last time you saw someone excited about going to church?
When is the last time you saw someone shout because they were called on to do a job at church?
When was the last time you saw excitement during the offering?
(Ill. Do you realize that obedience is an expression of worship unto the Lord?
When you consider that Jesus tells us that we prove our love for Him by our obedience, then it becomes clear! (John 14:15) If ye love me, keep my commandments.

C. V. 2b Enter With Singing

- (Ill. This word literally means “a ringing cry”.) Lifting our souls unto the Lord through song is a tremendous way to bless His name and to exalt Him. In fact, every child of God ought to possess a song in the soul, for we are commanded to sing our songs of praise unto Him - Ps 68:32, Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:”
(Ill. In Psalm 40:1-3,(Turn & read) David declares that along with salvation came a new song of praise unto the Lord. Never hesitate to lift the songs of the heart unto the Lord. It glorifies Him when His people are simply willing to exalt Him in their songs of rejoicing.)


(Ill. Every truth learned about the Person of the Lord results in a new reason for praise and adoration! God help us that we never reach the place where we fail to be amazed at the Person of God! Because, everything we do, every thing we are, everything in our lives rises or falls on our perception of just who God is. Therefore, it is imperative that we never forget who we are serving. We are the servants of the Living God. There is:

A. A Word About His Power

- This reminds us of the creative power of God. We are in this world because the Lord, in His great power, formed man in His image. That is something for which to praise Him. However, beyond His great creative power, there is also His great re-creative power. When we were marred by the stains of sin, thank God, He redeemed us and remade us afresh and anew in the image of His Son.
(2 Corinthians 5:17) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
(2 Corinthians 4:7) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
(Ill. Just the fact that His power is revealed in the creation of the world is reason enough to praise and glorify Him forever. However, when you add to that the fact that He has the power to take old, hell bound sinners and save them by His grace and transform them into the image of His precious Son and take them to Heaven when they die, well, that just sweetens the pot considerably!)

B. A Word About His Purchase

- The Psalmist says that “we are His people.” That is, we are His personal possession, Titus 2:14.
Titus 2:14 KJV 1900
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
We are His by virtue of the fact that He paid the price to redeem us from our sins. When we were sold under sin, praise His Name, He came and died for us paying the price to set us free.
(Ill. There are 3 words that are translated “redeemed” in the New Testament. These three words are very telling. Notice:

1. Revelation 5:9 -

Revelation 5:9 KJV 1900
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Redeemed = agorazo - This word literally means, “To buy in the marketplace.” It has reference to purchasing a slave right off the auction block. That is what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross. He paid the full price that we might go free from the penalty of sin. Redemption through the blood of Jesus is a reason to shout!

2. Galatians 4:5

Galatians 4:5 KJV 1900
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Redeem = Exagorazo - This word means “To take off the market.” In other words, Jesus paid the price for us and we are no longer up for sale! He bought us and He intends to keep us. The fact that we are His, and His forever is a good reason to shout praises unto Him!

3. 1 Peter 1:18

1 Peter 1:18 KJV 1900
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
Redeemed = Loutro - This word means “To release after the payment of the purchase price.” It pictures one who buys a slave and then turns that slave loose. This is what Jesus did for us! He bought us off the slave block of sin. After He redeemed us, He removed us from the sale and then set us free, not free to go and sin, but free to go and serve the Lord our God. Being redeemed from sin to service is a good reason to praise the Lord!
Thank God, we are His people! That means that we are special. Never let anyone tell you that you aren’t someone very important. After all, you are a child of the King!

C. A Word About His Provisions

- This verse reminds us that we are His flock. As such, we are under the protective oversight of the Good Shepherd.
That is, He has promised us several things that ought to encourage us to glorify His Name:
1. His Presence -
Hebrews 13:5–6 KJV 1900
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
2. His Peace - John 14:27
John 14:27 KJV 1900
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
3. His Provision - Phil. 4:19
Philippians 4:19 KJV 1900
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
(Ill. All of these things are summed up wonderfully in the words written by David and recorded in what we call the 23rd Psalm. “The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want.” That covers it all!)
(When all these great truths about His Person are looked at and considered, they certainly do give us ample reason to praise the Name of the Lord.)


(Ill. These verses give us three great ways that we can express our praises for the Lord. If He is worthy of our praise and if we are supposed to glorify Him, then we had better know how to do that properly. Then, when we know, we are going to be held accountable for what we do with the truths we have received.
A. Praise Should Be Visible - The Psalmist said that we are to enter His gates and His courts with praise. This isn’t an activity that was to be done in a corner where one could be hidden from the view of others. Simply put, there should be no shame attached to our worship of the Lord.
B. Praise Should Be Vocal - In verses 1 and 2, the Psalmist used words like “noise” (which means to shout) and “singing”. Neither of these can be done in silence! True praise to God manifests itself in a vocal expression! There is nothing wrong with being vocal in our praise for Him! Actually, I kind of imagine the Lord likes it!
(Ill. Billy Bray was an old cockney sinner that God saved by His grace. Billy used to praise the Lord every where he went. Once, he was praising the Lord as he usually did, when someone came up and told him that he needed to calm himself down. They said it wasn’t proper for a preacher to be shouting all the time. Billy Bray responded by saying, “I can’t help myself. You see, I put down my right foot and it says, “Hallelujah.” I put down my right and it says, “Amen.” With that, he marched down the street shouting a chorus of “hallelujah’s” and “Amen’s.”)
(Never let anyone steal the shout that God has placed in your soul!)
C. Praise Should Be Voluntary - That is, praise is to be an act of the will. According to verse 5, God is good, He is faithful and His truth will stand forever. When these things are considered then we are to make a rational decision to praise His Name because of the reality of who He is.
(Ill. What I mean by all that is this, praise the Lord, because of who He is to you and for what He has done for you. Praise Him for who He is. Praise Him because He is God. Do it, but do it because you love Him and He will bless your praise life.)


A good example of praise is set forth for us by the prayer of an elderly saint of God at a prayer meeting one evening.
He said,”O Lord, we will praise Thee; we will praise Thee with an instrument of ten strings!" People wondered what he meant, but understood when he continued, "We will praise Thee with our two eyes by looking only unto Thee. We will exalt Thee with our two ears by listening only to Thy voice. We will extol Thee with our two hands by working in Thy service. We will honor Thee with our own two feet by walking in the way of Thy statutes. We will magnify Thee with our tongue by bearing testimony to Thy loving kindness. We will worship Thee with our heart by loving only Thee. We thank Thee for this instrument, Lord; keep it in tune. Play upon it as Thou wilt and ring out the melodies of Thy grace! May its harmonies always express Thy glory!"
With the Thanksgiving season upon us, it would be a good time to think of the blessings for which we should be thankful for. In view of all the glorious things God has done for us, is our praise life up to par this morning?
I say we have sufficient reasons to praise His Name.
Now, I call you to come before him and to glorify the Name of the Lord.
I also call upon each one of us to be more active in the praises of our God.
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