Friday, December 1, 2017
Praising Scripture - Dec 1
Psalm 100：1-5 A Psalm of Thanksgiving Praise
（Memorization Scripture: vv. 4-5）
1 Make a joyful shout (noise) to the Lord, all you lands!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
3 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.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
This psalm calls for people to come worship God. The psalm is not only meant for ones who have known God, but it is an invitation to those who do not yet know Him. Why? Because He is the God of all nations and all peoples; He is the savior of all. With passionate cries, the psalmist calls for the people to shout joyfully to the Lord, to sing His praise, and to respond to His presence: we belong to Him, we are His sheep, and He is the one true God! Oh that the people would begin their worship by singing this psalm at the top of their lungs! We can only imagine how magnificent that must have been!
The psalmist proceeds to remind everyone to come into God’s presence with thanksgiving and praise. And to come for no other reason but that the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations. It is only right that we come to give thanks to Him and praise His name!
Have you noticed that this psalm is a charge? (There are seven occurrences of “should” in the Chinese translation.) If you do not know how to enter into God’s presence, try giving thanks, praising, and singing with a joyful noise; profess that He is your creator and you are His sheep; believe in His goodness, lovingkindness, and faithfulness. Then, you will surely experience God’s presence. (NY)
12/1 詩篇100 ：1-5[稱謝詩]
3 你們當曉得耶和華是 神！
這是一篇呼召眾人來敬拜神的詩，不只是呼召認識 神的百姓，也邀請普天下未信之人。為什麼呢？因為這位神，是萬民萬國的神，是全人類的救主！詩人用極為熱情的語氣，說，來啊，向這位造我們的 神大聲歡呼，用喜樂的喧囂 (shout joyfully to the Lord) 來向祂歌唱，回應祂的同在。我們是屬祂的，是祂草場的羊，而祂是獨一的真神！我們可以想像一下，當眾人一起大聲唱着這首詩開始他們的敬拜的時候，場面聲勢是何等的壯觀浩大！
注意到了嗎？這首詩中，用了七個“當”字。如果你不知道如何進入 神的同在，試著與眾民用歡樂的聲音大聲的感謝、讚美、歌唱；承認祂是你的創造者，你是祂的羊；相信祂的良善、慈愛、信實；那你肯定可以嚐到 神同在的滋味。（NY)