1. Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3. Know that the Lord is God, It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner Like the twenty-third psalm, this psalm is filled with pastoral imagery. Such writings exemplify the importance of livestock and farming to the ancient Hebrews. Through pastoral analogies, the Hebrews long illustrated the compassion and diligent care shown by God. Christ continued this tradition when he taught, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). While Christ foretells his death, the Psalms, along with the Prophets and New Testament, foretell a future of abundant life. Here, Psalm 100 speaks of Divine love which endures forever (Young’s Literal Translation says “to the age” instead of “forever”). The Hebrew people thus express great joy, not fear, in their God whose faithfulness continues through all generations.
Invocation During our time of chastisement, Great Lord, Let us recommit to you! As your love endures to life age-during, Let us live again for you!