Thursday, November 24, 2011

"Let us sing the Old Hundredth"

Psalm 100
A Psalm of Thanksgiving 

Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
 Serve the LORD with gladness;
         Come before His presence with singing.
 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. 
         
 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
         And into His courts with praise. 
         Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
 For the LORD is good;
         His mercy is everlasting, 
         And His truth endures to all generations.


TITLE. A Psalm of Praise; or rather of thanksgiving. This is the only psalm bearing this precise inscription. It is all ablaze with grateful adoration, and has for this reason been a great favourite with the people of God ever since it was written. "Let us sing the Old Hundredth" is one of the every-day expressions of the Christian church, and will be so while men, exist whose hearts are loyal to the Great King. Nothing can be more sublime this side heaven than the singing of this noble psalm by a vast congregation. Watts' paraphrase, beginning "Before Jehovah's awful throne, "and the Scotch "All people that on earth do dwell, "are both noble versions; and event Tare and Brady rise beyond themselves when they sing—
"With one consent let all the earthTo God their cheerful voices raise."
In this divine lyric we sing with gladness the creating power and goodness of the Lord, even as before with trembling we adored his holiness.
~Charles Spurgeon

Spurgeon's exposition of Psalm 100:
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps100.htm

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