Lessons from Psalm 100 Verse 3

Part 3 in the Psalm 100 Series

There are many lessons from Psalm 100 that teach us about how to praise and worship the Lord our God.

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.”

 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.

Verse 3

“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.

There is a lot in this verse and we could study for a long while but I will limit my thoughts to just those things that jump out at me which pertain to prayer, praise and worship. Let’s look at the first phrase Know ye that the LORD he is God. We are instructed to “know” this is the Hebrew word “yadah” ידע Strongs #H3045. The Ancient Hebrew meaning of the word is to have an intimate relationship with another person, an idea or an experience.This means that we are to personally know Yahweh, to have a relationship with Him. When you have a relationship with someone you learn about them, what they like don’t like, what they think etc. For us to “know/yadah” Yahweh we have to be reading, studying and learning from His Word, all of it cover to cover. Yahweh and His word are one. But we need so much more than just head knowledge of Him we need to spend time with Him in prayer, praise and worship.

The LORD who is YHWH is also God. The word God in the Hebrew is Elohim (el oh heem) אלהים which is Strongs #H430 and it means the supreme god and is in the plural tense. Yahweh our Elohim is the god above all other gods.Through out Scripture, Yahweh reveals Himself to His people through many names, such as: El Elyon, El Shaddai, Adonai Tzidkeinu, Yahweh Yirah, Yahweh Raphah. Through each of these names we learn more about His character and nature.

♦ We learned that we must know Yahweh intimately and be in a relationship with Him. Because we know Him we can extol who He is, we can proclaim His names, each one declaring attributes about Him. We can profess that He is the Great God above all else and He is mighty and does mighty acts.

The next two phrases go together, “it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves.” Gen 1:26 declares,

“And Elohim said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the livestock, and over all the earth and over all the creeping creatures that creep on the earth.” The Scriptures 1998 edition.

Yahweh Elohim made us. He created us in His own image. We did not evolve from cosmic dust, or from microscopic ocean cells or from apes or any other animal. One of the compound names for God is Adonai Osenu Adonai Osenu which means The LORD our Maker from Psalm 95:6:

“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. ” KJV

I love the words of Psalm 139, especially verses 14-17

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.  How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

 We have learned from this that He created us and He is Yahweh Osenu, the Lord our Maker. We are made in His image and not after the image or likeness of other creatures. We did not evolve from them but have been created to serve and worship the Supreme God, the one above all others, the El Elyon, Yahweh.

The last two phrases also go together, “we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” Ps 33:12 gives insight that we indeed are His people:

Blessed is the nation whose Elohim is יהוה, The people whom He has chosen as His own inheritance. The Scriptures 1998 edition

Isaiah 43:6-7

“I shall say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth – all those who are called by My Name, whom I have created, formed, even made for My esteem.” The Scriptures 1998 edition.

Psalm 79:13

And we, Your people and the sheep of Your pasture, We give thanks to You forever; From generation to generation we show forth Your praise. The Scriptures 1998 edition.

Psalm 95:7

“For He is our Elohim, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand.” The Scriptures 1998 edition.

Here is the beautiful J S Bach composition of Sheep May Safely Graze played by Cory Hall.


Putting it all Together ~ Lessons we’ve learned  from Psalm 100 Verse 3

 We learned that we must know Yahweh intimately and be in a relationship with Him. Because we know Him we can extol who He is, we can proclaim His names, each one declaring attributes about Him. We can profess that He is the Great God above all else and He is mighty and does mighty acts.

 We have learned from this that He created us and He is Yahweh Osenu, the Lord our Maker. We are made in His image and not after the image or likeness of other creatures. We did not evolve from them but have been created to serve and worship the Supreme God, the one above all others, the El Elyon, Yahweh.

 We are to understand and believe that we are His people. We belong to Him as a precious possession. We are like flocking sheep who live and graze in the protection and provision of His pasture. In all of these things we can praise Him. If these few phrases where all we had to go by, we could greatly praise Him. The more we know about Him, His mighty acts, His great love for us and His plans for us ~ the more we reasons we have to give Him glory and honor and praise.

To follow the complete teaching on Psalms 100 verses one to five use these quick links:

Lessons from Psalm 100:1

Lessons from Psalm 100:2

Lessons from Psalm 100:4 ~ coming soon

Lessons from Psalm 100:5 ~ coming soon

Simcah & Shalom

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