A Thanksgiving Psalm

Hashtag blessed.

If you are like me, just reading that makes your skin crawl and makes you throw up a little bit in your mouth. (If you are reading this on a full stomach, sorry. Hashtag gross.) My reasoning is that #blessed is not normally used to express heartfelt gratitude for the blessings of God, but is generally used to brag about something while trying to appear humble. But if I were to be completely honest it’s a lot easier for me to be snarky about a hashtag than it is for me to be intentional about expressing gratitude for all that God has done for me. The holidays can be a special time in our walk with God if we go into them with even a small level of intentionality and Psalm 100 serves as a great tool to help us express our thanksgiving and gratitude toward God.

Knowing God leads to praising God.

This Psalm is alive with grateful adoration towards God and for this reason, has been a favorite among believers ever since it was written. The theme that we see throughout it is knowing God leads to praising God. As we reflect on who he is, and what he has done, our hearts will be filled with thanksgiving and praise. Charles Spurgeon said about this Psalm “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.” So let me encourage you to pause for a minute and praise God for who he is and what he has done.

“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.”

C.H. Spurgeon


Psalm 100:1-2, 4 Let the whole earth shout triumphantly to God! Serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.

In these verses, we see that all of the earth is meant to praise God. The world will never be as it was meant to be until the whole earth praises God in worship. The same is true for us personally. We will never be all that we are meant to be. We will never live the way we were designed without heartfelt praise of God. We were meant and created to worship God. This type of praise is more than just lip-service, it flows from our hearts, it affects our emotions, and it changes our thinking. Our hearts should be so filled with gladness that it bursts out in joyful song. God created us to worship, praise, and sing. The beauty of Christ is the cause of our songs. His glory draws worship from our hearts to our lips. This Christ-centered, thank-filled worship is the capstone over everything else we are and do in this life. That is why this Psalm tells us to serve the Lord with gladness. Living for God is a delight because of who He is! When we live with this realization even the most mundane parts of our lives can be turned into acts of worship.


In Psalm 100 we see what is driving our heartfelt adoration. It affects our emotions, but that effect is driven by a deep understanding of truth. Rightful worship of God comes from the right acknowledgement of God. He is God. He is our Shepherd. According to verse 3, we are just humble sheep. Left to themselves, sheep will not take care of themselves or do what they should. They need a good shepherd to lead them, protect them, and take care of them. What a great picture of our relationship with God. God created us. We didn’t create ourselves. We are not here because we are something special. We are here because of God. Everything we have, everything we are, we owe to God. We owe our very existence to Him! He is everything we are nothing. We are just silly old sheep. But he is our shepherd. If we are going to authentically worship and express genuine, heartfelt gratitude toward God, we have to thoughtfully acknowledge all that He has done for us. Charles Spurgeon said “Our worship must be intelligent. We ought to know who we worship and why.” (I know, two Spurgeon quotes in one post! Give me a break, it’s the holidays.) Our worship must be rooted in the truth of our relationship with God.

Our emotions should be driven by a deep understanding of who God is.

Psalm 100:5 For the LORD is good, and his faithful love endures forever; his faithfulness, through all generations.

The ultimate reason for our praise and thanks is God’s love, faithfulness, and goodness to us. God gives His salvation to those who are lost and condemned. He saves those who have no claim on him at all. He rescues those who can only be delivered by His free favor. Consider how His faithful love has changed the course of your life. When we think about all that he has done for us how can we not be moved to worship?

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