Psalm 100 --- By: Jimmy Pulley

PSALM 100

“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 we not 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.”

Psalm 100 has always been known as the psalm of praise and thanksgiving.  So many times we forget to praise God and give Him thanks for the many blessings he has given to us.  It appears that some of us have become down right un-thankful.  While eating supper at a restaurant one evening my family and I sat together, held hands, bowed our heads, and closed our eyes.  We proceeded to thank the Lord for the food that He had provided for us.  We asked His blessings upon it and the people who had prepared it as well. Then each of us took our plates and went to sample (load on) the choicest delicacies from the buffet.  When we got back to the table we started to feast on what was before us.

Little by little we began to mention the quality of the food in less than positive ways.  “My chicken is too greasy.”  “This bean salad isn’t as good as some I have eaten.”  “I don’t like the macaroni.”  And the one I still cringe at; “I’ve had better before.”

These were the kind of statements that were being made around the table.  Everyone had something to criticize, everyone except one person that is...my little seven year old daughter, Shanna.  She was eating what she had gotten (which was a miracle to begin with), and taking in everything everyone was saying.  It wasn’t too long before Shanna asked if she could ask a question. “Yes” I replied.  She asked, “If we just thanked God for what we are eating, why is everyone complaining?”  It was as if someone had dropped a bomb at our table.

She was repeating something she had heard me say many times.  But the truth had been uncovered.  It was there out in the open for all to see.  We were not truly thankful!  She had heard me say “How can a person be truly thankful when they give thanks one minute for something and the next complain about it?”  I wonder as God looked upon us, what did He believe?  Did He believe our words of thanks-giving or did He believe our words of complaint?

There is a song that echoes the thought of Psalm 100 with these words, “Give thanks with a thankful heart.”  So many times I realize we do not truly do this.  We say thank you, but is it really from the heart?

Think about how good God has been to you.  Look at the blessing He has provided in your life. With a thankful heart, give Him thanks and praise. Do it for His glory!