A Prescription: Blessing God’s Name

September 29, 2015

“Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.  For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” (Psalm 100: 4, 5)

In the ancient Hebrew culture names had great significance.  When parents named their child, the name they chose often expressed their desire for the life of their child.  Sometimes the name was given to a child because certain events occurred surrounding the birth of the child.  The significance of names is especially important when we consider the names of God in the Bible – they tell us much about God.

In Psalm 100 we are instructed to praise the name of God.  We are to praise God because He is good.  Rick Warren told us life is like railroad tracks.  The left rail represents this reality: there is always something negative in our life because God is more interested in our character than He is in our comfort.  The right rail represents this reality: there is always something good in our life because God is good and He loves us.

In this very short psalm we are instructed to bless the name of God by focusing His goodness, His everlasting mercy, and His enduring truth.  Mercy is His unconditional love and forgiveness.  That word is found 366 times in the Bible because God knew we would need it every day and He even included leap year.

If we read the Bible looking for truth we will discover truth that endures to all generations.  In the last verse of his shepherd psalm David informed us that the mercy of God pursued him like a hound of heaven.  Will you fill and take this prescription for blessing the name of God?

Dick Woodward, 14 March 2012


The Gates of Thanksgiving

February 22, 2012

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him…”      (Psalm 100: 4)

Psalm 100 is the definitive worship psalm.  This psalm tells us what worship is, what we should experience when we worship, how to worship, what we know, what should happen to us and what the results should be because we worshipped.

According to David worship is to come before God’s presence, and coming before the presence of God is like having an audience with a King.  Our approach to the presence of God begins at the gates of thanksgiving.  This means that in a corporate worship service, or in our private closet worship, we are to begin our approach to the presence of God by passing through the gates of thanksgiving.

As I attempt to maintain my spiritual equilibrium as a bed fast quadriplegic I get more spiritual mileage out of the therapy of thanksgiving than I do anything else.  David has pointed me to the truth that when I begin thanking God I soon find myself in the courts of praise and coming into the presence of God with singing.  In the presence of God I know that He is God, I am His sheep and I live in His pasture.  Then I’m told again that I should keep on thanking Him.

As a result of this worship experience I am to know that God wants people in every land of this earth to know what it is to make joyful noises of worship in His presence.  He also wants it to be known that His truth endures in all generations not only in past generations.

To that end He wants me to serve Him with gladness because I came into His presence with thanksgiving.