Psalm 100, Draw Near To God With Thanksgiving

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Jerry Simmons shared this Verse By Verse Bible study from Psalm on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 using the New King James Version (NKJV).

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Well, as we look at some 100 this evening, I've titled the message Draw near to God with Thanksgiving Draw near to God with Thanksgiving.

Now the heading above the Psalm is a Psalm of Thanksgiving.

Now, sometimes in our Bibles we have text.

That's part of the page that's part of the passages that are inserted by the.

The translators.

That's helpful, you know for commenting about something or giving us a little bit of insight into the translation or interpretation of words and and things like that.

But one thing that's important to note about the song.

Once is that when there are these headings above, the Somme, they're actually in the text, and so it's worth us considering them as part of the inspired text. So in my Bible, for example, I see Psalm 100.

Right there and then underneath that in bold I have the heading that the translators put in and that heading says a song of praise for the Lord's faithfulness.

To his people.

So that that heading is inserted by the translators, it's helpful it summarizes the chapter and you know they do that chapter by chapter, but then underneath that is a Psalm of Thanksgiving and and again.

This phrase, here this is a part of the original text. It's a part of the Hebrew, and so it is there by God's design.

He wants us to know this is the Psalm of Thanksgiving. It's the only one as you look through the 150 psalms that is labeled this way by the Lord. It's a.

Psalm of Thanksgiving.

And so it's a good.

One for us to consider.

Here, as we prepare for Thanksgiving for the idea of giving thanks to God for what he has done for us, and perhaps you've already been thinking about and meditating on some of the things that you might be thankful for and the idea of being thankful to God.

But tonight.

As we look at this, I think God.

Wants to just keep us there for a little bit and prepare us that we might be able to really be grateful and express our gratitude unto the Lord.

Pastor Warren Wiersbe said something very interesting about this and I hadn't heard this take before and so.

I presented to you for your wrestling and enjoyments.

OK, so here's what Pastor Warren Wiersbe says it was when our first parents became UN thankful that the human race began that terrible descent.

Into sin and judgment, instead of being thankful for what they had, Adam and Eve believed Satan's lie that the Lord was holding out on them.

And this led to their sin.

Here, Wayne Rigsby attaches the original sin back in the Garden of Eden back in Genesis Chapter 3 to this idea of UN thankfulness, and I'm sure he doesn't mean that in a you know, literal sense that you know there's no arguments against us or anything like that.

It's not meant to be that kind of statement, but but it.

Is interesting to consider it.

From that perspective that Adam and Eve became ungrateful, they kind of took gods word towards them and God work on their behalf for granted.

And they believe they bought into the lie that there was something better and and it was the ungrateful heart that was open to and receptive to the idea that there's something better that God is holding out on you.

That God is not provided for you, and so the enemy brought this to.

To Adam and.

Eve and they they bought into that because.

They had kind.

Of lost sight of how good God had been.

To them, and we're not thankful in their hearts towards those blessings and those provisions, and I think that's an interesting thing to wrestle with and consider in our hearts.

You know the apostle Paul later on in the scriptures, we'll talk about godliness with contentment is great gain and and the idea of being discontent here is what.

Where in Ruby?

Is describing that they were discontent.

They were ungrateful.

They were discontent and and they were looking for something else that.

That would satisfy them beyond what God had provided, and so they kind of lost sight of the things that God had provided and were not appreciative.

Of those things.

And so perhaps that's a lesson for us this evening to make sure that we take heart to take note of.

The things that God has done for us that we might be thankful that we might not be discontent and looking for things, thinking that God is withholding.

The best things from us and instead appreciating what God has done and is doing and has provided for us.

And so again here, as we look at Psalm 100, draw near to God with Thanksgiving. I want to read the first few verses again as we look at this to just kind of set the stage again. 'cause really we're going to camp out.

In verse five and focus there, but but the idea of drawing near to God is really emphasized in these first few verses.

Verse one says.

Make a joyful shout to the Lord all you lands, and so the psalmist is calling people to shout joyfully, to be expressing joy to the Lord.

To come near to the Lord and have joy in their.

Hearts to express it with a shout.

Hey, you know?

With a with a joyful triumphant.

Loud noise that they're to bring unto the Lord as they draw near to him.

Verse two serve the Lord with gladness.

Come before his presence with singing, and so as we draw near to God, there is to be a service unto the Lord.

Which is it?

You know, I'm not talking about sweeping, you know, and and mopping and cleaning bathrooms.

And that that's not the type of service that's immediately being spoken of here, but it would be the coming to the worship service and for the Israelites that would be bringing their sacrifices and and coming and being obedient to the scriptures for us.

That is also coming into the presence of God and and serving the Lord.

Drawing near to the Lord.

But notice he says where to do that with gladness?

Again, there's to be this joy.

There's to be this.

Gladness was to be so joyful and glad that when we come before his presence, we are seeing.

And so the idea here is not an obligatory singing.

You're supposed to sing when you come near to the Lord, but but it's just you know, there's those times or you have a gladness.

You have a, uh, a joy and and it just manifests itself in singing.

There's a there's a tune in your mind and on your heart and and it, it's a a joyful song.

That comes forth as a natural result of what's happening internally and verse three.

It says no, that the Lord he is God.

It is he who has made us and not we ourselves.

We are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Here here the Salmas really puts us back in our place and helps us to remember the Lord he is God.

He's God, not us.

It's the Lord he is God, he's the creator, the one who made us, and notice it, says and not we ourselves.

We are not our own creation.

We are not our own work.

The the life that we have, the the things that we enjoy, the things that we're working through, the things that we're battling.

Through this is.

Not all our.

Own making he has made us.

He is God he is.

Our creator, he's the one who has made us and brought us this far.

He goes on to say we are his people and the sheep of his pasture so he's God, he's the creator and he is the shepherd.

We're the sheep.

I mean that that picture is very clear, right?

There's not like there's sheep and goats, right?

That that they're kind of parallel.

They're kind of the same.

They're kind of an equal footing, right?

There's there's a big difference between sheep and shepherd.

And we're not the shepherd.

Who are the sheep, right?

We are the ones who rely upon the Lord who need the Lord, who the Lord wants to guide and protect.

And we we have this relationship with the Lord.

And so as we remember our place.

As we remember his place.

It helps us to draw near to God.

Because he's God, he's our creator.

He deserves our praise.

He deserves our thankfulness and and we can trust and rely upon him as our shepherd.

And so then, in verse 4 enter into his gates with Thanksgiving.

And into his courts with praise.

Be thankful to him and bless his name.

So he's God, he's the creator.

That doesn't mean stay far away.

You can't approach.

You can never understand him or be near to him.

You can't know him.

That's not what the psalmist is saying, the psalmist, saying.

Remember who he is.

Remember how high above he is?

And then enter into his gates with Thanksgiving.

Enter into his gates with a gratitude that you are able to know God.

You're able to draw near to God.

You're able to be close to God.

Let let him lead you into his courts with praise.

And again, he says, be thankful.

Bless his name and so over and over.

Here we see this joy, this singing, this gladness this gratitude that is to be part of our hearts, as we draw near to God.

But sometimes it is.

Not what's on our hearts and not what's happening in our hearts as we are looking to God or trying to draw near to God.

And so I wanted to spend some time in verse five this evening to help us understand why we can be so thankful to God.

And in verse five.

It really hits home reasons for us to thank God, and I think.

That as we consider these things, the Lord will stir up in our hearts are renewed.

Gratitude, joy, gladness and.

Us a song or two that we might be able to overflow in our hearts as we draw near to the Lord.

And so there's three points that I'd like to walk you through here in verse five of Psalm 103 reasons why we can thank God. Here's point, number one. Thank God, because he is good.

I know it's an earth shattering this kind of point you've never heard in your whole life right now.

These are things we know, but at the same time are things that we need to be renewed in.

And consider the fact that the Lord is good.

Verse five says for the Lord is good.

His mercy is everlasting, and his truth endures to all generations.

This verse has.

Three parts, and so therefore three points.

The first one here is thank God because he is good.

Have you spent much time considering what if God wasn't good?

You know, sometimes we like to think.

If I was God, you know, here's how I would handle that situation and.

As much as we might think that we have the best take on a situation and the best answer to dilemmas and difficult things.

We must recognize that none of us are good and we could not do a better job than God.

What if God wasn't good going?

Back to verse 3.

He is God, he's the creator and not us.

He's the shepherd and where the sheep.

So there's a great bit of distance between who he is and his nature and who we are and our nature.

What if God the creator wasn't?

What if God was mischievous?

Like there's some people around us that are mischievous, they like to just set things up to just knock them over, right?

What if God was like that?

What if God?

Didn't really care about.

The outcome?

What if God didn't really care about how things turned out and he was just like entertaining himself?

Well, I'll just put these people here and those people are there on knock over those things.

In their lives, I'll throw a bunch of you, know money over there and see what happens to them and throw disease over there and see what happens to them and and you know, just and just like.

For entertainment, it's like you know us, maybe just flipping through Netflix and like, OK, I'm just going to watch something.

And just for entertainment value, what if God was just trying to entertain himself and all of us were just the stage?

You know, we're just performing on the stage to entertain God.

That's not the situation.

The Lord is.

Have you taken time to consider?

What if God wasn't good?

What if God was cruel?

What if God had a dark sense of humor and he was like, you know it's gonna be funny is if I just really.

Kind of lead them along and then just yanked the rug out from under them and oh boy it'd be so funny.

What if?

What if God was cruel?

What if he enjoyed?

Pain, what if he enjoyed delivering pain or or bringing us through things that are difficult?

Like all of those situations, any other scenario?

If God was not good.

It would be terrible.

The only reason we have hope.

The only reason why we can have joy and come to God with singing is because he is good.

And what we need to remember is that he is.

The only one.

Who is good?

Remember the event in Luke chapter 18?

When the ruler came to ask Jesus.

How he would inherit internal life but but he called him good teacher.

And Jesus said in Luke 1819, why do you call me good? No one is good, but one and.

That is God.

Why do you call me good?

Jesus says there is only one who is good.

Jesus was really challenging this guy to recognize when you call me good.

You're calling me God and that's.

A true statement.

But the guy wasn't fully aware of what he was saying.

But Jesus here is making the point.

No one is good except for God.

That is true.

There is none righteous, no, not one right there.

There is no one whose good but God the Lord is good, and he's not just one of many people or many entities that are good.

He is the only one.

That is good.

Nobody else is good.

Think about it this way.

Nobody else always does.

What is best for you?

There is nobody.

Else there are a lot of people who.

Love you perhaps?

But none of them always.

Do what is best for you.

This week has been a little bit more of a struggle than some other weeks in just me being extra tired.

We had the.

Events happening this weekend and things were busy and so I just spend trying to catch up on sleep and coming home from work and taking a quick nap.

And then you know, getting to the rest of the day and and what needs to be done there.

And it happened this week that.

Being quite tired.

Laying down to sleep at the end of the day.

We noticed that Maui was uncomfortable.

And what happens many times is because he has the the hair instead of the fur.

It gets tangled and twisted and matted and it it pulls on his skin.

It hurts him, so he was there.

We're trying to go to bed but he's like uncomfortable.

He's whimpering a bit and and I was so tired.

I seriously.

Considered just letting him be uncomfortable for another day until I could get to him.

You know the next day after work and everything like like, he'll just have to deal with it.

He'll just have to be uncomfortable for another day right now.

I don't even like to say it out loud, but OK.

I love Maui and I was willing I was really concerned.

I was like this close to just letting him just kind of suffer.

For a little bit.

Because I was tired, I didn't want to get up and.

Help resolve the situation.

God never does that.

He never.

He's never like.

Well, yeah, I know you're uncomfortable but I'm just really tired.

I got a lot going on and it's just going to be a little bit too much trouble for me to do something good for you.

If there's anything that's good for you.

God always.

Is going to be working towards that in your life.

He's never going to be putting it off and saying yeah, it's good for you, but I'm just, you know, not in the mood right now to to do good things like as as we understand that God is good, we need to understand he always is working towards what is best.

For us

Now parents tried to do.

That right toward their children.

They, if they're good parents, I guess a.

A good parent will attempt to to do their best, but one of the things about parents is that they don't always know what's best, right?

So they're going to try their best, but it may not be the best, and so some of the Council.

They may give some of the ways that they might lead a child.

Some of the advice and direction, and you know, hey, we're going to put you through this course.

And you're going to spend time, you know, in this school you're going to live in this neighborhood and you know it's what we think is best, but.

It's mostly just an educated guess, right?

Unless the Lord actually directed them, and so parents will try, but they don't always know what's best or even when parents know what's best.

Our sinful nature.

Prevents us from always doing what is best, and so there is.

There is nobody on the face of the planet who is doing good always on your behalf.

But there is God.

He is always.

Working towards what is good for you.

Now God does allow pain in our lives and difficulty, but never for laziness.

Never 'cause he's like I'm already.

Laying down, I don't want to get up, I'm tired.

It's never for lack of power or strength.

It's never because there's just nothing I can do about it.

It is only.

That what benefits us that God allows into our lives.

Only what is ultimately good for us?

And it's hard for us to understand.

Sometimes it's hard for us to see sometimes, but that.

Is the truth.

The Lord is good and always in every instance in every moment.

He is working towards what is good for you in your life.

There's not even one momentary lapse or exception. I was thinking about this verse. Ephesians 429.

There were encouraged let no corrupt word, not even one corrupt word proceed.

Out of your mouth.

But what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the years?

Like this is a great verse, but also one that we will perpetually fail and try to get back up, repent and get back on the path of letting not even one corrupt word proceed out of our mouth right?

We we can't even just in our words always be good.

And we're going to have those slip UPS where what comes out of our mouth is not good.

But God never has that God has never let out a word that was not good.

In the most minute things that you could think about in the most insane scenarios that you can imagine in your head right, there's there has never been one moment where God has not been good.

And and doing what is good and working for what is towards what is good for you and in your life.

This is the verse that we rely on referred back to many times Romans 828. We all we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose.

This I would say look.

Notice all things work together for good.

This is not like a happy accident.

This is not just a.

Well, hopefully everything is gonna workout right?

The reason why all things work together for good is because God is good and so he's working his plan.

It's not that like he'll be able to pull this off in the end, hopefully, but it's he is good so his work and his plans as they come together are going to be good because God is good.

It's his work in your life.

He is always working towards.

What is it's always been the keys and that's why I included verse 29 here as well, for whom he foreknew he always he also pre destined to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might.

Be the first born among many brethren.

He thought about it well in advance, long before you were around.

And he said here is.

How I can be good to them and work these things together for good and I'm going to bring them into the image of Jesus, transform them into the character and nature of Jesus.

I'm I'm going to work this out for good.

In their lives.

Because God is good.

Pastor J.

Vernon McGee says I don't.

Know who you are or why you are or where you are.

But I do know.

That God is good to you and he is good to me.

Oh how good he is.

There's a lot of uncertainty, a lot of things that we don't know, but there is something we can know for certain God.

Good, and so this evening I would encourage you to thank God.

Because he is good, he is always.

Working on your behalf to your benefit.

What is good for you?

What is ultimately going to be helpful and beneficial in your life?

You can thank God.

For him being good and always wanting.

What's best for you?

Well, the second thing to consider this evening as we draw near to God with Thanksgiving.

Thank God for his mercy and love.

Thank God for his mercy and love.

Verse 5 again says for the Lord is good, his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endures to all generations.

Again, here in verse five we see the Lord is good.

That's a reason to thank God for.

Now the psalmist elaborates a little bit more talking about his mercy and the fact that his mercy is everlasting.

Now, as we talk about mercy.

We have these kind of standard definitions that we often use.

Right mercy is not getting the judgment you deserve.

Like maybe you already attached that you know that, right?

But but it's interesting because.

That is true for some words that they have that specific intention and meaning, but this word for mercy.

It's used a lot actually in the Old Testament is not just that sense of not getting judgment that you deserve, it's there's a lot more to it than just that.

Here's a quick definition.

That you can consider and that is the word mercy.

It's a masculine noun, indicating kindness, loving kindness, mercy, goodness, faithfulness, love and acts of kindness.

It's a, it's a pretty broad word.

It it's not just the idea of not getting judgment that is deserved.

But but it really includes this idea of kindness and loving kindness.

Goodness, which we have already kind of been reflecting on.

But but this word is often translated love.

In fact, in the new living translation here in verse five, it translated translates it as unfailing love in the English standard version, it translates it as steadfast love in the new international version.

It translates it as love.

Endures forever.

And so although we see the word mercy here.

We're not just talking about.

Not getting judgments that we deserve now.

Not to say that we don't have something to be thankful for.

Their right we we all fall short of the glory of God.

We all deserve judgment and God withhold judgment for us when we have believed in Jesus because he received the full penalty in the full judgment that we deserve.

And so, of course, there is reason to give thanks for that.

But also here there is this understanding of love.

Now it's related to goodness.

I often define the word love is doing what is best for people, that's.

Part of God's love towards us.

The idea of mercy in this context, attached to love in this way, is again, it's not just a legal term of like not giving judgement, but.

But it's, uh, compassion, really?

That that there's, uh, the motivation, and the reasoning behind the withholding of judgment that is alluded to hear that that God loves us, that it's his unfailing love.

It's his steadfast love.

It's his love that endures forever, that influences every aspect of his.

Relationship to us.

His mercy is everlasting.

He's kind toward us with an everlasting kindness.

He loves us with an everlasting love, the the key element here of this is the unending knus of it.

That this isn't just a crush, you know, got us a little bit of a crush on you.

It'll go away after a couple of years, couple months, couple weeks, whatever.

You know it's not just a fat.

It's not just uh fees gods going through that, you know he's just like really in the loving people phase right now.

And so he's, you know, wanting to do that.

It's part of his nature.

It's part of who he is.

And so as long as God is.

His love is his mercy is it's everlasting.

Jeremiah, writing in limit lamentations chapter 3.

After just watching the nation experience really severe judgment for their rebellion being discouraged and depressed beyond probably what any of us have ever known, Jeremiah says in Lamentations 321 this I recall to my mind. Therefore I have.

Hope through the Lord's mercies. We are not consumed because his compassions fail not.

They are new every morning.

Great is your faithfulness.

Because God is merciful and because his compassions, his loving kindness, he relates to us.

He feels for us.

He feels our pain like the author of Hebrews talks about that we have a great high priest who was tempted in all points as we are so that he's able to sympathize with our weaknesses right even as.

This great severe judgment was brought upon the nation.

And Jeremiah is reflecting on.

God did what he had to do with the obstinate sin.

But at the same time.

There's reason to hope, because if God was done with us and just angry and stopped loving us, we would just be wiped out completely.

But because.

But what is merciful and loving and kind?

Because he can relate to us and and he understands.

He recognizes that we're just dust, right? The Somnus says in Psalm 103.

His compassions fail not.

So much so that his mercies, his compassions, his loving kindness, is new every morning.

So that you know, even if you could diminish his loving kindness by the end of the day.

You can't, but even if you could the next morning, there'd be a fresh new batch of mercies and compassion and loving kindness from God.

And so Jeremiah here is just recognizing even through the worst of the worst and the most difficult things, and even in the face of the the worst kinds of rebellion.

Even then, God is merciful and loving.

And it's new every morning in his relationship to us.

Here's another quote from J.

Vernon McGee.

He says, perhaps?

Since he extended so much mercy to me, you thought he had exhausted his supply, he hasn't.

He has a lot left.

For you, I like the idea there.

Maybe you were worried man God had to show a lot of mercy.

To J.

Vernon McGee or did Jerry?

Got into show so much.

Maybe God doesn't have enough patience left for me because he's had to show so much patient patience and and be so merciful and show so much love to someone else now.

His mercy endures forever.

His mercy is everlasting and new.

Every morning it doesn't run out.

Because again, it's part of who God is.

It's part of his character as part of his nature.

First John Chapter 4 tells us.

Word to love one another because love is of God.

That there is this.

Limit relationship of permanent attachment.

Whoever loves is born of God and knows God and whoever does not love does not know God.

He says in verse eight of first John, four for God is love, that that is a key element, a core element to who God is.

So what God is.

His nature and character is love.

And so.

As long as God is as long as God exists.

His mercy will be everlasting.

His loving kindness will be everlasting.

He will always.

Desire what's best for us?

He will always.

Feel for us and have compassion towards us even in our moments of weakness he will be merciful and gracious towards us.

Thank God for his mercy and love.

It's everlasting, unending, cannot be exhausted, and is fresh and new every morning.

Well, finally, the third thing to consider, as we draw near to God with Thanksgiving.

Thank God for his truth and faithfulness.

Thank God for his truth and faithfulness.

Verse 5 for the Lord is good, his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endures to all generations.

This word truth again like mercy it's it's a word that we can immediately.

Assume that we understand it, but but there's a a bit of depth to the word truth here.

Truth is also often translated faithfulness throughout the scriptures, and again the new living translation.

Puts it this way.

His faithfulness continues to each generation.

The English standard version says his faithfulness to all generations that new international version says his faithfulness continues through all generations.

The idea here of truth and.

Faithfulness are related.

They go hand in hand and it can be translated one way or the other in in translating it into English, because there's there's elements of both that are involved here in in what the Lord is trying to speak to us, his truth endures to all generations.

His faithfulness.

Endures to all generations.

What if God changed his mind?

And said, you know what?

Last week I was this way.

This week I'm going to be that way.

What if God changed his mind and said last week I wanted you to do this, but this week I want you to behave this way.

Last week salvation was this way, but this week salvation is another way.

Last week forgiveness was this way.

But this week salvation or forgiveness is found a different way.

What if each generation?

Had to figure out a new way of salvation and to.

Figure out the truth.

A new truth, a different truth than the previous generation.

We we would find.

Ourselves in a perpetual failure as humanity.

Trying to uncover trying to figure out the truth.

This is one of the reasons why it's incredible the way that God has designed it, right.

Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life.

No one comes to the father, but by me and and that's.

Narrow, definitely Jesus said where they entered by the narrow gate, right? But but it's clear it is so clear. If there was 17 ways that that were OK, but then another 25 ways that weren't and you had to try to discern like which were of the 17 and which were of the 25 then that would be a great challenge.

For you to be able to draw near to God and to know that you.

Had the right way.

But Jesus clarifies it, there's one way I am the way, the truth, and the life.

But if there is a multitude of ways, then we would always be struggling with wrestling with it.

Is this the right way?

Is this the the true way to the father?

Or if the we was always changing?

Are you able to keep up with fashion?


I wear this shirt.

Let's start right here in this green shirt I wear.

I wear this because.

It is like.

Incredibly cool, like you don't even understand.

I wear this because this is the new trend.

No, I wear this 'cause I don't know.

I've had this shirt for probably 10 years and it was in my closet and I.

Grabbed it today like.

That's I don't keep up with the fashion, right?

If I was, if my salvation.

If my relationship with God was based upon my ability to keep up with the trends, I would be hopelessly lost.

And no, you know, no hope of ever experiencing a relationship with God.

If it was always changing, we would always be searching.

Always be desperate.

The next generation would be having to, you know, start from scratch and start over.

But but God.

Has brought forth his truth.

And he's faithful in a way that the truth is the same.

It doesn't change.

That there is a a stability there.

There's a rock that we can build our house upon because, well, God has brought forth his true and he is his truth and he is faithful.

Here's a way to think about it again, I'm just mostly giving the example of salvation, but we could think about other contexts.

As well, but here in Romans chapter 4.

Paul looks back to Abraham now. Paul and Abraham were separated by about 2000 years.

But as Paul is expounding upon what it means to be saved and how to be saved, he looks back to Abraham as the example he says, let me let me give you an example from something 2000 years ago.

Verse two of Romans 4.

If Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

For what does the scripture say?

Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness, and there are Paul is arguing for the the understanding for the reality that.

Righteousness before God is not accomplished by our efforts to be right.

Just but by our faith believing God and then he accounts to our account, he imputes to our account the righteousness of God and so we are declared righteous by faith and and that's the point that Paul is making in the book of Romans.

But to make that point, he says.

Let me give you an.

Example from 2000 years ago.

Why it's probably able to do that?

His truth.

Endures to all generations.

Abraham generation depaulis generation.

The Lord is faithful.

He hasn't changed.

He hasn't changed the means.

He hasn't changed the method.

Salvation has always been by faith.

By grace through faith always.

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, go back further go forward, go backwards.

Whatever point on the timeline you want to be.

I mean, yes, we have Old Testament, New Testament.

There's different expressions of this, but it's the same basis.

Salvation has always been.

By grace through faith.

And so 2000 years ago.

Paul was able to refer back to Abraham, who was 2000 years before him, and so as we consider these things, Paul goes on in Romans Chapter 4 to say it was not written for his sake, that's Abraham sake alone.

But also for us.

So, so he says that thing that happened 2000 years ago that wasn't recorded.

Just for that, those times it was recorded for us. Now we're 2000 years after Paul Reading this, but.

It's still the same.

God's word is true and the truth hasn't changed. It will endure to all generations.

There will not be.

A different truth, uh, competing truth.

The same method of salvation.

The same method of becoming righteous has been the same since 4000 years ago with Abraham.

And will always be we.

Our righteous declared righteous by faith in Jesus Christ.

Hebrews tells us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.

There is a faithfulness to God.

There is a a faithfulness to what he has declared, what he has said.

He will be faithful to his word.

He will be faithful to what he has declared is true.

So that we can rest and know Jesus is the same.

He doesn't change.

He hasn't changed.

He's not, you know, trying different things and going different paths.

He he is the same.

He does do new things right there is that but, but not in a sense of like now, the way that you know him, the way that you experience his blessings, the way that you allow him to work in your life is now something new.

Now the the the core is the same, it's.

By grace through faith.

The outside may change.

The paint may change.

The exterior may change like the load might do new things and have different seasons.

For us in our life but.

Drawing near to God, it's the same.

The things that are of eternity, they're the same.

They don't change.

The truth doesn't change.

We might find new ways to describe the truth, or talk about the truth.

We might find new ways to experience the truth, but the truth.

Doesn't change.

I like what Hebrew says here in Hebrews 13-9.

Do not be carried about.

With various and strange doctrines.

Combine that with her.

Say Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Therefore, don't be carried about.

Don't be caught up with and chasing after some new truth, some new things, some new.

No no no.

We don't have to chase after those things and be pursuing those things.

Because Jesus is the same.

The lid set at Malachi Chapter 3, verse six.

I am the Lord.

I do not change.

And So what he has declared is true is true and will always be true.

His faithfulness.

Endures to all generations, his truth.

Endures to all generations, and so here we get some insight from the psalmist.

How to draw near to God with Thanksgiving?

Well, the how is what he describes in the earlier versus make a joyful shout.

Serve with gladness.

Come before his presence with singing.

Enter into his gates with Thanksgiving and his courts with praise.

Be thankful, bless his name.

But why we find in verse 5?

We thank God because he is good always without exception in every moment, in every case.

He's always working.

Tord what is beneficial for us?

And good for us wanting the best outcome on our behalf.

We thank God because.

He is merciful and loving and it doesn't.

End there's there's no end insight.

There's new fresh buckets of mercy and love every day with holding the judgment that we deserve wanting what's best for us, desiring us.

It's not a fad, it's not a a phase, it's it's a permanent condition that God is loving us.

Seeking to know us and and for us to know him.

Seeking relationship with us.

Thank God for his truth and faithfulness.

We can thank God because he doesn't change, he's not.

Wishy washy you know trying different things, experimenting?

He's faithful and we can trust and rest.

For all generations he has brought forth his word.

He's brought forth and provided a salvation, a foundation, something that we can trust in and know beyond a shadow of.

And it won't change.

It doesn't change, and so we can thank God.

Pastor Thomas Constable says every generation.

That benefits from Yahweh goodness, loyal love, and faithfulness.

Should carry out this psalms exhortation to serve God happily.

And worship him gratefully.

And so as we finish up our time here.

In Psalm 100.

I thought it would be appropriate for us to finish out with another time of worship and just.

Get opportunity to put these things into practice considering what God has done for us.

Have the opportunity to draw near to him with Thanksgiving because he's good because of his mercy and love.

And because of his truth and faithfulness towards us and so.

Let's take some time and just enter into the presence of God and worship him with gladness with joy.

With Thanksgiving in our hearts.

For all that he's done for us.