Psalm 100: Goodness beyond Measure

What does it mean to “cry unto the Lord”?

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Psalm 100:1 A song of praise.
Let everyone cry unto the Lord with joy.
King James
Psalm 100:1 <A Psalm of praise.> Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

What can people do if they aren’t feeling joyful?

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Psalm 100:1 A song of praise.
Let everyone cry unto the Lord with joy.
King James
Psalm 100:1 <A Psalm of praise.> Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Why should we regard doing the Lord’s will as a “great opportunity”?

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Psalm 100:2 Be thankful for the opportunity to do the Lord’s will. Enter his presence with a song on your heart.
Matthew 5:13 You are like the salt of the earth,” Jesus said. “But if salt no longer tastes like salt, where is its seasoning value? It’s worthless, so it’s thrown out and people walk on it.
John 15:8 When you bear much fruit, you glorify my Father and show that you are my disciples.
King James
Psalm 100:2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

How does a heartfelt song affect our entering God’s presence?

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Psalm 100:2 Be thankful for the opportunity to do the Lord’s will. Enter his presence with a song on your heart.
King James
Psalm 100:2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Why do we need to remind ourselves that the Lord is our Creator?

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Psalm 100:3 Remember that the Lord is our Creator. We did not create ourselves. We belong to him, like sheep in his pasture.
King James
Psalm 100:3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

What does it mean to “belong to him”?

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Psalm 100:3 Remember that the Lord is our Creator. We did not create ourselves. We belong to him, like sheep in his pasture.
King James
Psalm 100:3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

How does “thanksgiving” differ from “praise”?

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Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise. Be thankful for his gifts, and praise him for his loving nature.
King James
Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

What is the difference between loving gifts and loving the giver?

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Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise. Be thankful for his gifts, and praise him for his loving nature.
King James
Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Why can’t the Lord’s goodness be measured?

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Psalm 100:5 The Lord’s goodness is beyond measure. His love and faithfulness will never end.
King James
Psalm 100:5 For the LordD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

What assurance do we have that the Lord’s love and faithfulness will never end?

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Psalm 100:5 The Lord’s goodness is beyond measure. His love and faithfulness will never end.
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Psalm 100:5 For the LordD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.