Reading: Psalm 100
Verse Five: For the Lord is good and His love endures forever.
In my Bible, the subtitle to Psalm 100 is: “A Psalm. For giving thanks”. After reading through the Psalm it is certainly a fitting subtitle! The psalmist begins by calling us to shout for joy and to worship with gladness and then he gives us the why: know that the Lord is God. He goes on to remind us that God made each of us and therefore “we are his people, we are the sheep of his pasture”. It is a good reminder for us.
Sometimes life can get crazy and the busyness can feel overwhelming. We can almost feel as if we are so busy we are moving near paralysis. Our minds get consumed by the worries and pressures to the point of feeling we are near to collapse. It is in these moments that the Psalm is an excellent reminder. It calls us to slow down for a time, to step back from life, and to step into God’s presence. The words remind us of the bigger picture – we are his people – and this lessens the importance of the things of this world. In our craziness may we remember to slow down and to connect to God.
The second stanza again picks up the call to praise God, to “enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise”. Being thankful is essential to being content. And being content holds the world and it’s craziness at bay. Part of my morning routine is my little ‘thank book’s. I write out five to eight things from the day before that I am thankful for and then I pray through each one. In giving thanks I can see God’s faithfulness and love for me.
The ending of the Psalm echoes this idea: “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever”. God was and is and always will be. No matter what this world brings or has in store for us, God and his love are forever. Thanks be to God.