The reading for today is Psalm 100 NIV.
A Thanksgiving Psalm
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
And now from The Message
1-2 On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into his presence.
3 Know this: God is God, and God, God. He made us; we didn’t make him.
We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.
4 Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him. Worship him.
5 For God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever.
This Thanksgiving Psalm is a call to worship the Lord with joyful, thankful hearts. There is only one God. He made us, we are His and He lovingly cares for us. He wants that message to fill our hearts. To show our gratitude for all that He does for us we are to enter into worship with thanksgiving and praise.
I enjoy comparing the two versions of the Psalm. The NIV is very familiar to me and brings to mind both traditional and contemporary songs that praise God. When I read The Message today it was very visual. “On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence.” As I write this, we currently are experiencing social distancing. Many sports fans are missing watching their teams and cheering them on. They miss the excitement of the Blues on the ice, the Cardinals at the ballpark. We know how excited we get for our home teams; how hard we cheer for them. We also are missing the experiencing of worshiping our God together as a church. Can you imagine how excited God would be to see the world get on their feet now and applaud him? Groups of people getting together, bringing the gift of laughter and singing ourselves into his presence? We are his. He loves and cares for us. “His love endures forever.” How fortunate we are to be his children. May we always be thankful for his goodness and sing his praise.
Dear God, Thank you for continually loving us. May we bring you glory with our songs of praise. Amen.