The Expository Files

A Call to Praise!

Psalm 100:4-5

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. (Psalms 100:4-5)

This simple praise Psalm has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It has been used to help me prepare my mind for worship. Consider some of its important features.

There are two parts to this Psalm. The first section is (vs. 1-4) an exhortation to praise. Section two supplies (vs. 3-5) the reason for this exhortation. Then, intertwined in the context are some important details about praising God.

The first section (vs.1-4) calls for “all ye lands” to offer their thanksgiving to God. Such praise is to be done heartily, with a joyful shout. (vs.11) This is to be a cheerful activity. It is accepted when the worshiper is aware of God’s presence (vs.2). The psalmist calls upon those involved to intelligently acknowledge who God is (vs.3) and to come before Him with gratitude (vs.4). This praise is to be offered frequently and in His “gates” and “court”.

In section two (vs. 3-5) the reason for such devotion is grounded in the nature of God, for Jehovah is God (Elohim) – thus, he is the only one worthy of worship. He is our Creator (vs.3). He has graciously called upon us to be His people (vs.3). That we might be drawn to worship him, the Psalmist reminds us of God’s “goodness” (vs.5) from which flows his “mercy” (vs.5) and“truth” (faithfulness). And that we might have greater confidence in him, God’s mercy and truth are constant in every change of life and extended to all generations.

God is so good. He will save any who will come to Him through Christ. Therefore, be thankful and speak well of God’s name.

By George Slover
From Expository Files 19.4; April 2012