A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
1Shout for joy To The LORD, all the earth.
2Worship The LORD with gladness;
Come Before HIM with joyful songs.
4Enter HIS Gates with Thanksgiving
and HIS Courts with Praise;
Give Thanks To HIM and Praise HIS Name.
5For The LORD Is Good and HIS Love Endures Forever;
HIS Faithfulness Continues through all generations.
This song of praise should be considered as a prophecy, and even used as a prayer, for the coming of that time when all people shall know that The LORD JESUS HE Is GOD, and shall become HIS worshipers, and the sheep of HIS pasture.
Great encouragement is given us, in worshiping GOD, to do it cheerfully. If, when we strayed like wandering sheep, HE Has Brought us again to HIS Fold, we have indeed abundant cause to bless HIS Name. The matter of praise, and the motives to it, are very important. Know What GOD Is In HIMSELF, and What HE Is To you. Know it; consider and apply it, then you will be more close and constant, more inward and serious, In HIS Worship.
The Covenant of Grace set down in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, with so many rich promises, to strengthen the faith of every weak believer, makes the matter of GOD'S Praise and of HIS people's joys so sure, that how sad our spirits may be when we look to ourselves, yet we shall have reason to praise The Lord when we look to HIS Goodness and Mercy, and to What HE Has Said In HIS WORD for our comfort.