Psalm 100 “Liberty in the spirit versus liberty in the flesh”

(Our study with Psalm 100 — including video, audio and notes — is available here)

The first four verses of this Psalm point to verse five which gives us the reason why we are to “make a joyful noise unto the LORD” and “serve the LORD with gladness”, coming “before his presence with singing”. That reason is because of God’s goodness and mercy that endures unto all generations, and why ultimately “all ye lands” shall praise His name because He will save all men in due time (1Co 15:22 , 1Jn 2:2 , 1Ti 4:10).

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1Jn 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

1Ti 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

The third and forth verse also tie into the fifth verse as they point to the sovereignty of God who admonishes His children to remember His greatness, that “the LORD he is God”, and that we are his workmanship that he has made, that we are his people (Eph 2:10); and most comfortingly to know that we are “the sheep of his pasture” who have been told that it is his good pleasure to give us the kingdom (Luk 12:32).

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Luk 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Lastly, verse five reminds us that “the LORD is good” and that that goodness will be expressed to all generations in time starting with his children (1Pet 4:17), who are blessed, to read hear and keep the sayings of the prophecy, today (Rev 1:3).

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

The words of that prophecy will not only enable us to endure until the end because of the “exceeding great and precious promises” that were given to us to hope in (2Pe 1:4 , Rom 8:24),  but also will ultimately enable us to save the rest of the world with those very same words of hope that will save us (1Ti 4:16). Ultimately God will liberate all mankind in the spirit by bringing us to no longer trust in the strength of our own hands which can only at best produce a liberty in the flesh that is fleeting and temporal (Psa 144:4 , Jas 4:14).

Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Psa 144:4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

Jas 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

(Our study with Psalm 100 — including video, audio and notes — is available here)

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