Read: Psalm 100:1; Psalm 22:9, 66:4; Zephaniah 2:11; Zechariah 14:7; Isaiah 45:23; Romans 14:11; Philippians 2:10.
Psalm 100 verse 1 explains who is to worship God: “all lands” or “all the earth.” God intends for all people everywhere to worship Him. The great universal spiritual warfare between good and evil involves who is worshiped and by whom – in Revelation 13:8, 12, those whose names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life worship the Beast, or Satan. When the spiritual war is resolved by Christ’s return and millennial reign, all the earth will worship the Lord.
Think About It: What is so crucial about worship? To whom do I ascribe worth, glory, and honor?
Prayer: Lord, I worship You.
Read: Psalm 100:1 – 5; 1 Chronicles 16:10; Isaiah 61:10; Habakkuk 3:18; Philippians 4:4
Psalm 100 addresses the issue of how we are to worship God. In v.2 we are told to worship God by serving Him with gladness. The Hebrew word used for “serving” can mean ordinary work or labor, but is also used of the service of the priests. There are two sides to this: worship is work (it is not passive, not a spectator sport), and our work for the Lord is worship. This work of worship is to be done “with gladness,” the Hebrew simcha, with gaiety, pleasure, mirth.
Think About It: Am I an active participant or just a spectator when it comes to worship? What cause do I have to worship with joy? Is there anything that inhibits my joy in worship? Are those things external or internal?
Prayer: Lord, help me rejoice in You.
Read: Psalm 100:1 – 5; Hebrews 10:24 – 25; 1 Corinthians 11:23 – 26; Ephesians 2:18, 3:12; Hebrews 4:16
In Psalm 100 verses 2 and 4 we are told to worship by coming into God’s presence; by entering His gates and into His courts. The New Testament equivalent of this includes the assembling of ourselves together for worship, coming into God’s presence in prayer, and the remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice for us in the ordinance of communion.
Think About It: Is it possible to worship God outside of a church service? If so, should I still be concerned about regular church attendance?
Prayer: Thank God for the privilege of coming into His presence.
Read: Psalm 100:1 – 5; Luke 10:27; Romans 12:1 – 2; 1 Corinthians 14:20, 26
Psalm 100:3 tells us we are to know that the Lord is God, that He is our maker and owner, that He is God and we are not. Worship involves the mind, it involves recognition of doctrinal truth, and it has intellectual content.
Think About It: In what ways does the worship I engage in offer opportunities for the engagement of my intellect? Is my mind in gear when I participate in worship?
Prayer: Lord, help me to worship you with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength.
Read: Psalm 100:1 – 5; Psalm 5:11; Ezra 3:11; Jeremiah 31:7; Zechariah 9:9
Psalm 100 verses 1 and 2 suggest appropriate means of worship: v. 1, as in Psalm 98:4, “with a joyful noise” – Hebrew roo-ah, the shout of joyful triumph– with an enthusiastic cheer; with the recognition that through Christ overwhelming victory is ours; v. 2, with singing – Hebrew ren-aw-naw, the joyful voice, the shout for joy. Isaac Watts wrote: “Let those refuse to sing, who never knew our God; but children of the heavenly king may speak their joys abroad.”
Think About It: Is my worship enthusiastic? When do I “make a joyful noise” or give a shout of triumph, and why? Do I get excited about God?
Prayer: Lord, help me to get excited about You!
Read: Psalm 100:1 – 5; Luke 11:2; James 1:17;
Psalm 100:4 suggests three key activities in worship:
- Thanksgiving – in traditional Jewish prayer, thanksgiving is thanks for specific things that God has done.
- Praise – in traditional Jewish prayer, praise focuses on who God is. Praise is thanks to God for being God, for His power, might, splendor, love.
- Blessing – giving the credit to God for good that He has done, and wishing that His will be accomplished in the future. “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.” We bless the Lord by identifying Him as the source of all joy, peace, love, and all that is good. Blessing the Lord gives us the right perspective on life.
Think About It: What specifically has God done for me lately? Have I thanked Him? What attribute of God is magnified in my heart right now? Have I praised Him? Am I praying and working for God’s will to be done?
Prayer: Thank God; Praise God; Bless the Lord.
Read: Psalm 100:1 – 5; Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5
Psalm 100 verses 3 and 5 give many reasons why we should worship God.
Think About It: What are some of the reasons given for worshiping God in Psalm 100 verses 3 and 5? What are some of the implications of being one of God’s sheep?
Prayer: Praise God because He is God, He is good, and His steadfast love endures forever.