There are many lessons from Psalm 100 that teach us about how to praise and worship the Lord our God.
This is Part 2 in the Psalm 100 Series.
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 studying this psalm line by line and examining what the Hebrew can teach us, let’s look at verse 2.
“Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”
Let’s study the phrase, “Serve the Lord with gladness”
The word “serve” in Hebrew is abad (aw-bad) עבד Strongs #H5647 and it means to serve, bondservice, compel, keep, labor, servant, and worshiper. The Ancient Hebrew meaning of Abad/serve is to perform a work for another out of obligation, requirement or gratitude. To learn more about this word see our teaching Mankind was Created to Worship God where this word is studied in more depth.
The word “gladness” in Hebrew is simcha (sim-khaw) שׂמחה Strongs #H8057 and it means blithesomeness, glee, religious or festival, exceeding gladness, joyfulness, mirth, pleasure, rejoicing. The Ancient Hebrew meaning of simcha is spontaneous expressions of excitement and cheer.
This type of gladness is exuberant!
This definition gives us some additional insight into how we observe the Feasts and Festivals of Yahweh. Simcha, look at the words in the definition above. Do you see those words religious or festival? Yahweh is making the connection that when we observe His Feast Days that we can do so with great joy!
The word “come” in this verse is the Hebrew word bo (bo) בּוא Strongs #H935 and it is a primitive root that means to “go” or “come,” abide, bring forth, enter in, to give, lift up.
Bo reminds me of the name of a Parasha, Bo = Go from Exodus 10:1- 13:16
The Ancient Hebrew for this word is very insightful, it means to fill an empty space by entering it. In the Hebraic mind, to go into a space is to fill it. That’s revelation-al, to enter a space with the intention of filling it completely. Think about that for a moment…when we ask Yahweh to come into our lives in a Hebraic sense we are asking Him to come in and COMPLETELY FILL ourselves and our life with Himself. To fill us with His character, His nature, His creativity, His love, peace and joy. We are asking Him to fill us with His word which teaches us who He is and how He wants us to live.
♦ We see from the word “come” in verse 2, that we are to come before Him and completely fill His presence with all of ourselves, holding nothing back!
This next part of this phrase is “before His presence” The word presence in Hebrew is paniym (paw-neem’) פּנים Strongs #H6440 which means from the face or countenance, presence. The Ancient Hebrew shows us: the face, also the presence of one through the sense of being in the face of.
Paniym is the same word we find in the Aaronic Blessing and the Ancient Hebrew lends this meaning;
to look upon you with the wholeness of His being
To learn more about the expanded Ancient Hebrew meaning of the Aaronic or Priestly Blessing, read our article here and listen to the song by Susanna.
The phrase “with singing” in Hebrew it’s the word r’nanah (ren-aw-naw’) רננה Strongs #H7445 meaning: a shout for joy, joyful voice, singing, triumphing.
This shows me that when we come into His presence, when we come before Him in prayer we are to come with singing! How often do we do that? How often do we just start praying and making our requests? We pour out our heart and our fears and needs. We don’t approach Him properly, we don’t “draw near” to Him by bringing Him gifts of praise and singing. This is His instruction: to come before Him, to draw near to Him with singing.
The Ancient Hebrew also suggests that this could refer to a natural place or thing, to a site that shouts out beauty (KJV = goodly).
This reminds me of Psalm 19: 1
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”
“The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.”
There are many beautiful photographs that have been taken in space that give us a small glimpse of the vastness of His creation. You can see some of them here. There are still others that combine the beauty in the heavens with the beauty on Earth as in this beautiful photograph. It is copyrighted so I won’t show it here but please do follow the link and see it. There are so many beautiful natural places all over the Earth, that Yahweh has made. Even in the large cities, if we look for small details of a flower or snowflake we can see His hand. These beautiful places “shout out the glory of the Lord’. They should cause us to stop, and praise and glorify Him also.
Here is a video with beautiful photos from around the world, showing Yahweh’s awesome creation. The song is Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai by Susana Allen.
Which reminds me of Luke 19:37-40
“And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”
The people where praising and glorifying Yahweh. They were proclaiming a verse from the Hallel Hymn ~ Psalm 118. This Psalm is well known and has been a favorite of the people of Yahweh for thousands of years as a way to praise and glorify Him. The line from the Scripture above is from Psalm 118:26:
“Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD”
Baruch haba b’shem Adonai!
Y’shua speaking in Mat 23:39
“For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
“And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. “
I love the ending of this Psalm, verses 28 and 29:
“Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”
Here is a song to Psalm 118:26
Putting it all Together ~ Lessons we learned from Psalm 100 Verse 2
In this verse from Psalm 100 we can learn that we are to serve and worship Yahweh with expressions of exceeding joyfulness and rejoicing. We are to come into His presence with the intention of filling it completely with ourselves and with praise and singing. We are to glorify Yahweh for the beauty of His creation in the heavenlies and here on earth. We are to come and draw near to Him will all that we are, bringing gifts of praise and exaltation and thanks to Him.
We are to go in, enter in, to lift up our arms and hands in praise and worship to Him and to abide in His presence with singing and gladness and joyfulness and give to Him spontaneous expressions of praise and worship.
To follow the whole teaching on Psalms 100 verses one to five use these quick links:
Psalm 100:4 ~ coming soon
Psalm 100:5 ~ coming soon
Simcah & Shalom