Praise Yahweh (Ps 100:1-100:2)

A psalm of thanksgiving

“Make a joyful noise to Yahweh!

All the earth!

Worship Yahweh with gladness!

Come into his presence with singing!”

Psalm 100 is like the doxology or ending of the psalms about the kingship of Yahweh. It clearly is a thanksgiving psalm as the title indicates. We are asked to praise Yahweh. Everyone should make a joyful noise as they worship Yahweh with gladness. They are to come into his presence singing.

Everyone should join in worship to Yahweh (Ps 98:4-98:6)

“Make a joyful noise to Yahweh!

All the earth!

Break forth into joyous song!

Sing praises!

Sing praises to Yahweh

With the lyre!

Sing praises to Yahweh

With the sound of melody!

With trumpets

Make a joyful noise before the King!

The sound of the horn should

Make a joyful noise before the King!

Yahweh!”

All the earth should make a joyful noise to Yahweh. Everyone should sing melodic praises to Yahweh on the lyre. They should sound the trumpets and make a joyful noise before King Yahweh.

Worship hymn to Yahweh king (Ps 95:1-95:5)

“O come!

Let us sing to Yahweh!

Let us make a joyful noise

To the rock of our salvation!

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving!

Let us make a joyful noise

To him with songs of praise!

Yahweh is a great God!

Yahweh is a great king above all gods!

In his hand are the depths of the earth.

The heights of the mountains are his also.

The sea is his.

He made it.

His hands have formed the dry land.”

Psalm 95 does not have any title. This psalm is a Temple worship psalm that speaks about Yahweh as king. We are all asked to come to sing about Yahweh with a joyful noise. Yahweh is the rock of our salvation. We come into his presence with thanksgiving and songs of praise. He is the great God, the king of all gods. He has formed the earth, the mountains, the seas, and the dry land. All things are his as he is king of all things.

Public worship (Ps 66:1-66:4)

To the choirmaster leader, a song, a psalm

”Make a joyful noise to God!

All the earth!

Sing the glory of his name!

Give glorious praise to him!

Say to God.

‘How awesome are your deeds!

Because of your great power

Your enemies cringe before you.

All the earth worships you.

They sing praises to you.

They sing praises to your name.’”

Selah

Psalm 66 is a public worship thanksgiving song and psalm with a choral leader. It has a strong communitarian rather than individualistic tone. In fact, it is almost cosmic with all the earth asked to chime in with a joyful noise to God. They were to sing glory to his name. God’s deeds were awesome. He had such great power that his enemies would cringe. The whole earth worshipped God. They sang praises to him and his name. This section concludes with a musical interlude meditative pause, the Selah.