His Mercy

For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

Psalm 100:5

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are Love and You are good. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we are looking at things, people or situations in fear of them. Enable us to see that You, O LORD, are good and a stronghold in the day of trouble. You know each one of us. Help our unbelief, LORD, and cause us hear Your Word, to trust it, and to obey it. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Today concludes our study of Psalm 100.

Let’s study and fill in the blanks to answer the following questions:

Who is good?
For _____ _____ is good;

God is good, and He is the only One that is good (Matthew 19:17, Mark 10:18, Luke 18:19) People are not good by nature: There is none, not one, who does good (Psalm 14:3, Psalm 53:3, Romans 3:10, Romans 3:12) No matter if they are friends, family members, or else, people tend to disappoint us.

What is everlasting?
_____ _____ is everlasting,

What endures to all generations?
And _____ _____ endures to all generations.

God is good, full of mercy, and His truth will never fails. Truth is, though, that God does neither belittle nor look away from sin. He is a holy God. In His set time, judgment will come.

Listen to what Matthew Henry comments on God’s judgment (in Habakkuk 2)

It will not tarry, for God is not slack, as some count slackness (2Pe 3:9); though it tarry past our time, yet it does not tarry past God’s time, which is always the best time.

When God’s final judgment comes, for what reason should He pardon you and accept you as righteous? On what account should He let you enter His Gates in Heaven?

Romans 5:19 says,

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners,
so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound! Are you justified by faith? Do you have peace with God today?

(If not, do not delay! Believe that there is a God and talk to Him today! Get a Bible and start reading day by day. If not from cover to cover, The Gospel of John is a good place to start.)

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Enter Into His Gates

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him,
and bless His name.

Psalm 100:4

LORD Jesus we praise You for we are called by Your name, and we are Yours, Hallelujah! Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we do not humble ourselves. Help us to seek You, and to seek You earnestly and early, precious LORD. Guide us into and through Your Word. Enable us to us be thankful to You, giving all the glory to You. In Jesus’ wonderful name we pray. Amen.

What comes to your mind, reading today’s verse? The first thoughts, that immediately come to my mind, are:
— Prayer Meeting
— Worship song called: I will enter His Gates

Listening to and singing this song awakes precious memories of some of the most powerful prayer meetings my husband and I had attended before 2017. I might share one or the other fond memory of them in future blog posts. Now, however, let’s get back to our study of Psalm 100.

Reading this verse again, please pay attention to the missing words and fill in the blanks —
which will supply you with the answers to the following questions:

Whose gate are we to (seek to) enter?
Enter into _____ gates …

And, how are we to enter the gates?
with _____.

Whose courts are we to (seek to) enter?
And into _____ courts …

And, how are we to enter the courts?
with _____.

Beloved, thanksgiving and praise are so important to our Christian life that we need to remind ourselves daily of them.

Who are we to be thankful to?
Be thankful to _____ …

And whose name are we to bless (praise)?
and bless _____ name.

In his commentary, Matthew Henry writes that we must glorify God and:

“let him have the praise of that which we have the pleasure of.”

He goes on to say that:

“We must take it as a favour to be admitted into his service, and give him thanks that we have liberty of access to him, that we have ordinances instituted and opportunity continued of waiting upon God in those ordinances.”

Oh, especially after going through the madness of 2020-2022, we should never, ever take it for granted that we have the God-given liberty (yes, that Christ Jesus made the way for us) to come before the Throne of God above (because, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us).

Come before Him in praise, and in every thing give thanks to God today.

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Who We Belong To

Know that the LORD,
He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Psalm 100:3

LORD Jesus we praise You for You have made us, and we are Your people and the sheep of Your pasture. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we long to be anything else but Yours. Enable us to love You more and more, to trust and obey Your Word, and to daily and earnestly seek You with all our heart and mind and soul and strength. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen

In Tuesday’s blog post (Who Is God?) we read the first part of Psalm 100:3

Know that the LORD,
He is God;

We talked about the importance of knowing the LORD, what He requires of us, and our need to love Him above anyone and anything else.

Today’s blog continues with verse 3 of Psalm 100 where it says:

It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

This second part of Psalm 100:3 is just as important. It answers two of the most asked questions in life:
Who has made us? (and, Who has not made us?)
Who do we belong to?

Let’s fill in the blanks to find out where we are coming from:

It is _____ who has made us,
and not _____ _____.

Beloved, to know where we have come from and where we have not come from, this is so vital for our spiritual life. And so is the answer to the question, Who do we belong to?

Let’s fill in the blanks to find the answer:

We are _____ people
and the sheep of _____ pasture.

I just love the following expression of Matthew Henry commenting on this Psalm.

The matter of praise, and motives to it, are very important. Know you what God is in himself and what he is to you.

This reminds me of what our former Pastor used to ask a person who was about to be baptized:

“Who is Jesus to you?” Think of it, what would you answer him?

Know who God is and who you belong to today.

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