Read Together in unison Psalm 100 (NKJV) A Psalm of Thanksgiving.
1 Make a joyful shout 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.
1. See v. 1-2. What does this psalm call upon us to do? To whom does this call extend? How do we do this?
2. See v. 3. What are we to know? Who is the LORD? What does it mean when our Bibles capitalize the word LORD (YHWH in Hebrew)? Read Deuteronomy 6:4 – How many Gods is the LORD? Read Matthew 28:19 – How many Persons are in the Godhead? Read 1 John 5:7 (KJV or NKJV) – What does this verse say about the Triune (three-one) God? Read Isaiah 48:16-17 – Who is speaking? Who sent Him and speaks by Him?
3. Cf. Isaiah 44:24; Nehemiah 9:6; Genesis 1 & 2, John 1:1-5; Hebrews 1:1-3. What do these verses teach us about who made us and to whom we belong?
4. Read Psalm 139:13-16. How did God create each of us?
5. How else are we like sheep? Read Isaiah 53:6a. What has God done to bring us back into His fold? Read Isaiah 53:6b; John 3:16; 10:11; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 2:22-25. Read Isaiah 44:22. For whose sake has the LORD blotted out our sins? Cf. 1 John 2:1-2.
6. If the LORD God made us and redeemed us by sending the Son into the world to die in our stead as a sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the entire world, are we our own or do we rightly belong to Him?
7. What does the Apostle Paul say is a fitting response for us when we come to know and trust in God’s grace and mercy in Jesus Christ? Read Romans 12:1-2. How do we do this?
8. Read v. 4. What are we entreated to do in this verse? What does this mean and how do we do this?
9. Why do we do this? Read v. 5. How is the LORD good to us? Does His mercy ever run out? Why? Read Psalm 108:4; John 1:14; 14:6. What is His truth and how does it endure to all generations? Does it remain true even yet today for us, our children, our grandchildren?
10. What important truths have you learned from this study? Write a brief summary and, going around the table or room, share it with others.
“Old 100th” or “Old Hundredth” (also commonly called “Old Hundred”) is a hymn tune in Long Metre from Pseaumes Octante Trois de David (1551) (the second edition of the Genevan Psalter) and is one of the best known melodies in all Christian musical traditions. The tune is usually attributed to the French composer Louis Bourgeois (c. 1510 – c.1560).
Although the tune was first associated with Psalm 134 in the Genevan Psalter, the melody receives its current name from an association with the 100th Psalm, in a translation by William Kethe entitled “All People that on Earth do Dwell.” The melody is commonly sung with diverse other lyrics as well.
All People That on Earth Do Dwell
All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;
Him serve with mirth, His praise forth tell;
Come ye before Him and rejoice.
Know that the Lord is God indeed;
Without our aid He did us make.
We are His folk, He doth us feed,
And for His sheep He doth us take.
Oh, enter then His gates with praise;
Approach with joy His courts unto;
Praise, laud, and bless His name always,
For it is seemly so to do.
For why? The Lord our God is good:
His mercy is forever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood
And shall from age to age endure.
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God whom heaven and earth adore,
From us and from the angel host
Be praise and glory evermore.
Hymn # 791
Lutheran Service Book
Tune Author: Louis Bourgeois
Tune: Old Hundredth
First Published: 1561
Text Author: William Kethe (died about 1593)
We give you thanks and praise, O LORD God, for creating us and giving us life, for redeeming us through the holy life and innocent sufferings and death of Your Son Jesus Christ, and for bringing us to faith in our crucified and risen Savior through Your Word and Sacraments. Graciously keep us in the true faith unto life everlasting. Amen.