The past two weeks we have been memorizing and meditating on Psalm 100. Last week we were on verse one through three and this week we are finishing up with verses four and five. If you spent time in this chapter I hope you saw the depth of who God is and how our joy should rise in response to that reality.
There are commands and then there are reasons for us to obey those commands. Verse four commands us to give thanks to God, to lift our praises to God and to bless the name of God. Thanks, praise and blessing. These are to be the marks of a God-follower.
Verse five gives us the reason we are to do these three things. Because God is good, because his steadfast love has no expiration and because he shows himself faithful to every single generation. God’s goodness, God’s love and God’s faithfulness.
So God shows his goodness, his love and his faithfulness and we are to respond with thanks, praise and blessing. Our thanks, praise and blessing are therefore not dependent on our circumstances but are rather dependent on the unfailing, never-changing, always-and-forever reality that God is good, loving and faithful to his children.
Yet God didn’t have to show this side of himself to us. Psalm 100:5 could have been written, “For the Lord is wrathful, his steadfast anger endures forever, and his judgement is to all generations.” Now that is true, but it is not true for those who are trusting in the gospel. For believers, those who have been saved by grace, there is no condemnation. We are no longer under God’s wrath, anger and judgement. We are under his goodness, love and faithfulness.
If thanksgiving, praise and blessing oozed out of your spiritual pores this week in all circumstances, give all glory to God. If grumbling, complaining and backbiting slid off your tongue and found a cozy place in your heart, repent and look to the forgiveness of God that only comes through the cross that Jesus bore.
Even right now, ask God to give you a heart of thanks, praise and blessing because of his goodness, love and faithfulness. “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” What a Savior we have in Jesus Christ.