The Net Bible at www.bible.org says,
“The psalmist celebrates the fact that Israel has a special relationship to God and summons worshipers to praise the Lord for his faithfulness.”
Lets read Psalm 100:1-5
“A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
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.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
We are going to study this Psalm line by line and examine what the Hebrew can teach us lets begin with verse 1.
Psalm 100, Verse 1:
A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
The first thing that to look at is the word “psalm” which is Mizmor מזמור in Hebrew – Strongs #H4210 and it means a poem set to music.
♦ This teaches us that praise to Yahweh incorporates music and meaningful words.
The word “praise” in this verse is the Hebrew word, Todah תּודה Strongs #H3034 and it means an extension of the hand, adoration; specifically a choir of worshipers: – confession, (sacrifice of) praise, thanks (-giving, offering). In Ancient Hebrew the word picture means: in the sense of raising up the hands for throwing, praising or confessing.
♦ We see from this that praise to Yahweh incorporates the raising up of our arms and hands in adoration and praise to Him. That we are to offer up declarations of praise, adoration and thanksgiving. Even when it may feel like a sacrifice to us to praise and worship the King of the Universe, He is worthy of our praise.
Verse 1: make a joyful noise to the Lord
In Hebrew this “make a joyful noise” is ruah (roo-ah) רוּע Strongs #H7321 this is one of the Shofar calls and this word means to split the ears with sound, to shout for joy or alarm, and the other definitions that pertain to PRAISE are; to make a joyful noise, shout for joy, triumph. The Ancient Hebrew meanings in context of praise are: a great shout of rejoicing
♦ We see from this that it is a very ACTIVE type of praise. It is very vocal and loud. It is a shout for joy to YHWH.
This is the same word used in Joshua 6:5 where Yahweh is instructing Joshua how He wants His people to take the city of Yericho. They were instructed to shout with a great shout, a ruah, at the sound of the shofar and the walls of the city would fall.
This video is a the song, Come Let Us Make a Joyful Noise by Shira of Shira Song. This song is from the album My Hearts Desire.
I like this video which shows a young boy who is playing the piano and making a joyful noise unto the Lord. This is his own composition and a home video that all of us can rejoice and praise Yahweh in our homes. We can be a delight to the Lord and make a joyful sound. Enjoy…
Putting it all Together ~ Lessons we learned from Psalm 100 Verse 1
We have learned that we are to raise up our arms and hands unto the Lord. We are to sing songs, make music and shout joyfully with a great shout unto Yahweh our Elohim. We are to offer up declarations of praise, adoration and thanksgiving. Even when it may feel like a sacrifice to us to praise and worship the King of the Universe, He is worthy of our praise.
To follow the our teaching on Psalms 100 verses one to five use these quick links:
- Lessons from Psalm 100 Verse 2
- Lessons from Psalm 100 Verse 3
- Lessons from Psalm 100 Verse 4 – coming soon
- Lessons from Psalm 100 Verse 5 – coming soon
With Simcha “Joy” to Yahweh,