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A Psalm of Thanksgiving

Psalms 100:1-5 :

A Psalm of thanksgiving.

Shout for joy to Yahweh, all you lands!
Serve Yahweh with gladness.
Come before his presence with singing.
Know that Yahweh, he is God.
It is he who has made us, and we are his.
We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, and bless his name.
For Yahweh is good.
His loving kindness endures forever,
his faithfulness to all generations.

The Bible teaches us that it is God's will for us to give thanks to Him. This Psalm teaches us how to do that. One thing that we can clearly see in this song is that God expects us to express genuine emotion. He expects us to shout for joy to God and when we serve God, He wants it to be with gladness in our hearts. I have found that it doesn't do any good for me to serve or praise God with a sense of duty in my heart. What God really wants is something real and that comes with genuine emotion. When we are happy, it's natural to sing and that's what God is talking to us about here.

I am thankful that I was taught about God since I was born and one of the most obvious reasons to thank God is one that even a child knows and that is that our God made us. When someone makes you, it means that He is the reason for your existence and that He deserves our thanks. It also means that we are His property. God could treat us like His slaves, but another reason for us to give thanks about God is that He has chosen to treat us like "the sheep of his pasture." God doesn't drive us like cattle. He leads us like a flock of sheep.

Another reason to praise God is that He is good and kind. We are owned by Him but we are also loved by Him. We can also be thankful because we don't have to worry about the future. This song reminds us that God will continue to love us like this forever.

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