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By : Lonnie Branam [ Sermon Claims of Jehovah God on Mankind ]

Lonnie Branam
Psalm 100

Psalm 100 says, “Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness. Come before His presence with singing. Know 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. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name for the LORD is good. His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” What a magnificent tribute to the one true God of heaven and earth, and what a heaven-sent responsibility falls on every nation on earth to recognize and render obedience to one true God of heaven and earth. .

My first comment on this psalm is that it was the motivation for two beautiful Christian hymns that have been used in Christian worship services for hundreds of years. One is called, “The Doxology,” and is found in most all Christian hymn books. It says, “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him from above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.” Thousands of the followers of Christ can sing this hymn from memory. This psalm helps people to do exactly what God said to do in this psalm, and in addition it adapts the psalm to Christian worship, by speaking of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Ancient Israel never knew the true nature of the one true God, never knew the Triune nature of the Godhead. The world was not ready for the full revelation of the nature of God until the coming of Christ, who revealed there are three co-equal divine beings in the Godhead.

The other hymn that comes from this psalm is entitled, “All People that on Earth Do Dwell.” Both hymns use the same tune which goes back to the 1500's, but different men wrote the words to the songs. The first verse says, “All people that on earth do dwell, Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice. Him serve with fear; His praise forth tell; Come ye before Him and rejoice.”

My second comment on this psalm is that it is a part of the inspired word of God, as are all the psalms in this book. The New Testament declares, “All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God.” (2Timothy 3:16). The words, “inspiration of God” come from one word which literally means, “God-breathed.” The Book of Psalms is scripture and thus is a part of God's inspired word. The Book of Palms are songs which God gave to His Old Covenant Church and His New Covenant Church, to be used to praise God and glorify His name.


Many of our Christian hymns come from these psalms, after they have been adapted for use in the Christian religion. It is my understanding that before 1700 the Protestant dissenters in the Reformation movement used only the Psalms of David in Christian worship. Later, many of them were adapted to Christian worship. Every one of those psalms came from God, and we should look on them as musical gifts from God to all mankind.

My third observation on Psalm 100 pertains to the claims of God
on all nations and races of mankind. It contains some very important claims the one true God has on the human race. The first claim is that Jehovah, the God revealed in the Bible, is the one true God of heaven and earth. Verses 1-3 says, “Make a joyful sound to the LORD, all you lands. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God.” There is no place for ignorance on such a vital subject. Know with certainty that the LORD, He is God.

Please notice that. the word LORD is capitalized four times in that passage. This capitalized word refers to the name God gave ancient Israel when they wanted to know who He was. But the word LORD is not the name God gave them. Israel refused to pronounce the original name He gave them. . Out of the awe and reverence they had for His name, they had the superstitious belief that the name should never be pronounced.. They even went so far as to replace God's name in scripture with a different name. They chose the name LORD, capitalized, to distinguish it from the common, ordinary word Lord given to people of wealth, authority and high standing. In doing this they made certain no one would ever pronounce that exalted name which they considered to sacred to be spoken in utterance. . The only letters of God's name they left us are four consonants: J, H, V, H. All vowels were removed, and no one knows to this day what vowels belong among those letters. The learned world has given the four consonants of the ancient Hebrew name for God the fancy name of Tetragrammaton This is a Greek word and means four letters. Many think the three vowels may have been E, O, and A. If so the name was Jehovah. However, others think the name may have been Yahveh which in English is Yahweh. This psalm says that Jehovah or Yahweh, He is God. The Hebrew name the Jews gave to God is Adonai, which comes out into English by the word LORD. When you see this word in your Bible, the reference is to the one true God of heaven and earth. Moreover, this teaching in no way contradicts the doctrine of the Trinity in the


Christian religion. Before Christ, the world was not ready for the knowledge of the true nature of the Godhead. That was a truth given to the world by Christ, the Messiah of the Jews, and the only begotten Son of God. The Christian hymn Doxology closes with the words: “Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.” This is an adaptation of Psalm 100 to the Christian religion. Furthermore, the message is that all lands are to serve and praise Jehovah God. Sadly, the most populated nations on earth are atheists. How long will so many nations of earth blindly reject and refuse to serve God? One Psalm says, “The fool has said in his heart there is no God.” I didn't say that; God said it. The New Testament makes an argument for the existence of God that Atheists and Agnotics have never been able to answer: “Every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God”(Hebrews 3:4).. If a small physical dwelling could not evolve and accidentally come into existence in millions of years by natural law, by what intelligent reasoning could the marvelous house of the universe, man's house, accidentally come into existence? Never will this world be in its proper condition as long as more than half the world refuses to acknowledge the existence and goodness of Jehovah God. His message to all nations is, “Know that I am God. Enter my presence with thanksgiving. Come before Me with praise. on your lips.” All people who refuse to do this will be held accountable by Jehovah. God, and there will be no exceptions. That is God's first claim on the human race. I, Jehovah, am God. Know that I am God; therefore serve me with gladness, all you nations.

His second claim on mankind is that He created us. Verse 3 says of Jehovah, “It is He that made us and not we ourselves.” Not only is He the one true God, but He is the owner of everyone and everything. Psalm 89:11,12 says, of God, “The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; the world and all its fulness. You have founded them.” This is a fact of which we are informed by revelation, but it is also one which every instinct of our nature agrees with. The theory that we were not made but evolved out of the pre-existing animal world is nothing but pure fiction, and it is unsupported by any factual evidence. There is nothing scientific about it; it is no more than an unsupported theory. Psalm 100 says God made us. This belief is the easiest escape from all our doubts and difficulties, and besides it is true. Everything in us tells us so. Now since the Lord has made us, He has a right to use us. The property which God has in mankind is proved beyond dispute by our being His creatures. One of our hymns says, “Have thine own way, Lord, have thine own way. Thou art


the Potter; I am the clay. Mold me and make me after Thy will, while I am waiting yielded and still.” This is God's second claim on the human race. Since I have made you, I have a right to your service.

His third claim is that He protects and cares for the human race, like a shepherd takes care of his sheep. Verse 3 says, “We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” The human race doesn't know it, but they cannot support and protect themselves any better than can sheep. Sheep are among the most helpless of animals. They are easy prey to all predators. David said it well with these words, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Jesus said that God has two flocks of sheep on earth: one is Jewish Christians and the other Gentile Christians(John 10:16). One reason He came was to redeem both Jews and Gentiles and make them one fold(church}. Jesus said that He is the good shepherd of all of God's sheep. As the good Shepherd, Jesus laid down His life to save the sheep of God's pasture. Peter said in I Peter 5:4, “When the Chief Shepherd appears you will receive the crown of glory that shall not fade away.” Peter served as an Elder in the church as well as an Apostle. This statement had reference to all men who serve as Elders in the Church of Christ. The Elders(Overseers) are the “under-shepherds” in all Churches of Christ in the world. Each congregation is totally independent under Christ the Chief-Shepherd and the local Elders who oversee all lmatters pertaining to the Church. They act as under-shepherds, deriving their wisdom, power and functioning authority from the Chief Shepherd, Christ. Christ is the only Head of the Church on earth. Peter states when Christ, the Chief Shepherd, appears the Elders of the church, who have served as under-shepherds, will receive a crown of glory. A crown of glory means a glorious crown. This sounds like something special to me. We are not told the exact nature of it, but it appears to designate some honor or reward that will be bestowed for faithful and valued service. It is a figure of speech based on the honors bestowed on heroes and conquerors in ancient times, such as the Olympic races and other important events.

We learn in this psalm that God has never left us and gone away. He is watching over us at every hour, even as a shepherd guards his flock. It has been said that some men represent God as having made the universe like a watch: wound it up, and then put it under his pillow and went to sleep. But it is not so. An unbelieving world sees nothing in the administration of the world but Mother nature. But .Paul said, “In God we live, move and have our being.” God's finger


is on every wheel of the world's machinery. It is God's power that puts force into the laws of nature. If the human race requires shepherding, how much more this complex Universe in which we live.

If you are floating about in the world seeking for better associations, why not investigate the Church of Church (Romans 16:16). As high as God is above man, so high is the Church higher than all human institutions. Throughout America today, many are re-examining their religious faith and practice. Many are seeking a more Biblical approach to religion. Many are desiring to be united with all other sincere believers in Christ. If this is your desire, we invite your investigation. You may also like the idea of returning to the original New Testament Church. As in the days of the apostles, the scriptures are our only guide to know God's will. Using God's word as our blueprint, we are endeavoring to build again in the 21st century an exact replica of the Church as God gave it nearly two thousand years ago. May the Lord bless you and keep you.

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