Psalms 100 - Thanksgiving to Jesus!!!

Psalms 100: Thanksgiving to Jesus!!!

Psa 100 (KJV)  Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. 
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath 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 unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; 
his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. 

The hymn "Old Hundredth" ("All People That on Earth Do Dwell") 
is based on this psalm, as is the familiar "Doxology." Thanking the 
Lord is something we must do with our lives as well as with our lips. 
How shall we do it? 
By serving (2). "Enter to worship-depart to serve" should be 
written clearly above the door to the church sanctuary. Too many people 
serve themselves and not the Lord, and too often we do not serve the 
Lord "with gladness." The Lord loves a cheerful servant. 
By submitting (3). As creatures, we submit to the Creator who 
made us. As sheep, we submit to the Shepherd who died for us and now 
leads us in His paths. He not only made us, but He is making us as we 
yield to Him (Eph. 2:10). Submission means fulfillment. 
By sacrificing (4-5). As priests, we are privileged to offer 
spiritual sacrifices to the Lord (1 Pet. 2:5). They include our songs of 
praise (Heb. 13:15), good works (Heb. 13:18), and material gifts (Phil. 
4:15-18). Because of who He is (v. 5) and what He does for us, He is 
certainly worthy of our joyful thanks. [Chapter by Chapter Bible 
Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 

In order to serve Him aright, we must be born of the divine 
Spirit. This will purify the heart and renew the mind, giving us a new 
capacity for knowing and loving God. It will give us a willing obedience 
to all His requirements. This is true worship. It is the fruit of 
the working of the Holy Spirit. DA189 

It is working together with Christ that is true worship. 
Prayers, exhortation, and talk are cheap fruits, which are frequently 
tied on; but fruits that are manifested in good works, in caring for 
the needy, the fatherless, and widows, are genuine fruits, and grow 
naturally upon a good tree.  2T24 

Delight in divine service is a token of acceptance. Those who 
serve God with a sad countenance, because they do what is unpleasant 
to them, are not serving him at all; they bring the form of homage, 
but the life is absent. Our God requires no slaves to grace his 
throne; he is the Lord of the empire of love, and would have his 
servants dressed in the livery of joy. The angels of God serve him with 
songs, not with groans; a murmur or a sigh would be a mutiny in their 
ranks. That obedience which is not voluntary is disobedience, for the 
Lord looketh at the heart, and if he seeth that we serve him from 
force, and not because we love him, he will reject our offering. 
Service coupled with cheerfulness is heart-service, and therefore true. 
Take away joyful willingness from the Christian, and you have removed 
the test of his sincerity. If a man be driven to battle, he is no 
patriot; but he who marches into the fray with flashing eye and beaming 
face, singing, "It is sweet for one's country to die," proves himself 
to be sincere in his patriotism. Cheerfulness is the support of our 
strength; in the joy of the Lord are we strong. It acts as the remover of 
difficulties. It is to our service what oil is to the wheels of a railway 
carriage. Without oil the axle soon grows hot, and accidents occur; and if 
there be not a holy cheerfulness to oil our wheels, our spirits will 
be clogged with weariness. The man who is cheerful in his service 
of God, proves that obedience is his element; he can sing,  
"Make me to walk in thy commands,
'Tis a delightful road."
Reader, let us put this question--do you serve the Lord with 
gladness? Let us show to the people of the world, who think our religion 
to be slavery, that it is to us a delight and a joy! Let our 
gladness proclaim that we serve a good Master. [Charles H. Spurgeon, 
Morning and Evening] 

This God we sing to, He is Lord of all creation!  We were lost 
without the power to save ourselves, and He saved us!  We were lonely, 
and He became our friend.  We were hungry and He fed us food from 
heaven.  We were powerless and He has caused us to have great success. . 
. . So remember the Rock of our salvation.  Sing with all your 
heart to your God. Haleleu-Jah!  [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom] 

The Majesty of ChristOur Lord would have all his people rich in 
high and happy thoughts concerning his blessed person. Jesus is not 
content that his brethren should think meanly of him; it is his pleasure 
that his espoused ones should be delighted with his beauty. We are 
not to regard him as a bare necessary, like to bread and water, but 
as a luxurious delicacy, as a rare and ravishing delight. To this 
end he has revealed himself as the "pearl of great price" in its 
peerless beauty, as the "bundle of myrrh" in its refreshing fragrance, as 
the "rose of Sharon" in its lasting perfume, as the "lily" in its 
spotless purity.  
As a help to high thoughts of Christ, remember the estimation 
that Christ is had in beyond the skies, where things are measured by 
the right standard. Think how God esteems the Only Begotten, his 
unspeakable gift to us. Consider what the angels think of him, as they count 
it their highest honour to veil their faces at his feet. Consider 
what the blood-washed think of him, as day without night they sing 
his well deserved praises. High thoughts of Christ will enable us to 
act consistently with our relations towards him. The more loftily we 
see Christ enthroned, and the more lowly we are when bowing before 
the foot of the throne, the more truly shall we be prepared to act 
our part towards him. Our Lord Jesus desires us to think well of 
him, that we may submit cheerfully to his authority. High thoughts of 
him increase our love. Love and esteem go together. Therefore, 
believer, think much of your Master's excellencies. Study him in his 
primeval glory, before he took upon himself your nature! Think of the 
mighty love which drew him from his throne to die upon the cross! 
Admire him as he conquers all the powers of hell! See him risen, 
crowned, glorified! Bow before him as the Wonderful, the Counsellor, the 
mighty God, for only thus will your love to him be what it should. 
[Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening] 

The Awesome Gift of Christ
All the paternal love which has come down from generation to 
generation through the channel of human hearts, all the springs of 
tenderness which have opened in the souls of men, are but as a tiny rill to 
the boundless ocean when compared with the infinite, exhaustless 
love of God.  Tongue cannot utter it; pen cannot portray it.  You may 
meditate upon it every day of your life; you may search the Scriptures 
diligently in order to understand it; you may summon every power and 
capability that God has given you, in the endeavor to comprehend the love 
and compassion of the heavenly Father; and yet there is an infinity 
beyond.  You may study that love for ages; yet you can never fully 
comprehend the length and the breadth, the depth and the height, of the 
love of God in giving His Son to die for the world.  Eternity itself 
can never fully reveal it.  Yet as we study the Bible and meditate 
upon the life of Christ and the plan of redemption, these great 
themes will open to our understanding more and more. 5T740