North Augusta, South Carolina
Church Family, as we pen this documentary for the month of November, we are blessed by almighty God, the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to do so under the theme; “A Time of Thankfulness.”
As we embark upon this Psalms 100, I’ll have you know, this Psalm concludes a series of Psalms that began with Psalm 91 and which points ahead to the coming of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. This Psalms also points to a time when the entire world will be filled with his righteousness and all men everywhere will exalt the Name of the Lord. A time when His praises will fill the earth, as they should at all times. In other words, a time of thankfulness!
Now! We all know that the 4th Thursday in November is always set as a day of thanksgiving. It is my hope that we fully understand that God never intended for us to wait until a certain month, a certain day of the month or a certain week of the month to render thanks unto him. We are to render thanks unto the Lord our God at all times. In good times, as well as bad times because all times to him is a time of thankfulness.
I know this is true because I Thessalonians 5:18 tells us that being thankful to God is His will for our lives.
Our text for this month challenges us, not only to be thankful, but it reminds us that we have plenty of reasons why we should be thankful in times like these.
Now! Let us, by the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, take a few minutes to look into these verses and try to understand what they teach us about a time of thankfulness.
First, our entrance in the Lord’s presence, as pointed out in verses 1 & 2 let us know that we are to come in withShouting. We are to come in the presence of the Lord making a joyful noise. Joyful noises comes from the Hebrew word which means "to shout." We are to enter Lord’s courts, His sanctuary, His house of praise with a joyfully noise “Shout.” Then, we are to enter with service. We are to serve the Lord with gladness. Gladness means that we are to have joy in serving the Lord. In other words, we don’t need to be sitting in God’s house and in His presence with wind in our jaws. We need to let go of things and stuff, forget about ourselves, meditate on Him and worship Him, knowing that it is a time of thankfulness.
Now! Verse 2 tells us that we are, not only, to enter with a shout or making a joyful noise, we must enter with singing and singing in tune. This literally means lifting our souls unto the Lord by and through blessing and exalting Him and His name! It was for this cause Psalms 68:32 tells us to, "Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:”
Now! Verse 3 of Psalms 100 shares with us the enlightenment of our God concerning His persons. Now! If we are to know that a time of thankfulness of the Lord is at all times, we must know that every truth learned about the person of the Lord results in more praise and more adoration of Him. We must know that the Lord is God, without a shadow of doubt in our mind.
We must never forget that everything we do, what we are and everything in our lives, rises or falls, are based on our knowledge of who God is. He is the Lord God. Therefore, we must never forget who we are worshipping and serving. We must never forget that a time of thankfulness unto the Lord is all the time.
Now! Not only are we to know that He is the Lord God almighty, Verse 3 further points out the fact that God has all power. God made us, and we are his people. This reminds us of the creative power of God. Lest we forget! We are in this world only by the creative powers of God. When we fall down, it is by and through His creative powers that we are picked and redeemed from the shackles of sin that caused us to fall. Yes! For this cause, we ought to know that a time of thankfulness is at all times, because God is God and He is God all by Himself.
Now! Verse 3 not only talks about the person of God, and God’s creative powers, it also speaks to God’s provisions. We are his flock; we are under his protection and oversight as the Good Shepherd. Therefore, we ought to glorify His Name at all times; and at all times we are to know that it is a time of thankfulness for His presence, His peace and his provisions.
Yes! It was for this cause, David declared in the 23rd Psalms, “The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want.”
Now! This brings us to verse 4&5 of this 100 Psalms. Verse 4 tells us that we are to enter God’s gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.
We are to be thankful what God has blessed us with. And, we ought to use what God has blessed us with to the fullest extent. When we enter God’s house, we ought to say thank you for allowing me to be here, because you did not have to do it. But, because of your grace and mercy, I am here to glorify and praise your holy name. Yes! We ought to praise God with a visible praise by and through lifting up holy hands in the presence of the Lord. I know this to be true because Psalms 134:2 tells us to, "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.”
We must not only lift up holy hands in the sanctuary, we must clap our hands as a means of praise unto the Lord, as well. Psalms 47:1 tells us, “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.”
Now! Not only are we to lift up holy hands; not only must we clap our hands; we must dance in the presence of the Lord as well.
I know this to be true because 2 Sam. 6:14 says, "And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod."
When David felt the presence and greatness of the Lord, he got happy and praised the Lord without any shame because he knew what the Lord had done for him. He knew that a time of thankfulness unto the Lord was not a time to be ashamed, but rather a time to glorify His name.
First Providence Baptist Church
315 Barton Road
North Augusta, SC 29841
Phone: (803) 279-8836
Fax: (803) 441-8666