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Reading the Psalms

 

Psalm 100 is a psalm of thanksgiving. The psalmist calls people of all nations to make a joyful noise to the LORD, for “the LORD is God!” Here, the Hebrew word for God is אֱלֹהִ֑ים (elohim), the same word used in Genesis 1:1– “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth.” 

Grammatically speaking, the word אֱלֹהִ֑ים (elohim), being the plural form of אֱלוֹהַּ (eloah), should only take plural verbs. Intriguingly, whenever אֱלֹהִ֑ים (elohim) appears in Hebrew scripture, it functions as if it were singular. For example, in Genesis 1:26: “Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness,” the words “God” and “us” are plural but “said” is a third-person masculine singular verb. Right from the very beginning, in the first book of the Bible, God reveals the truth about the trinity to us! Furthermore, God made all humankind in his image, according to his likeness. Diverse in race, skin color, language, and culture, we are all children of God. God’s beauty rests on all of us. And not only are we fearfully and wonderfully made, we have the promise of God’s enduring presence and love that is with us all the way, into eternity.

“Dear Heavenly Father, we come before you to offer our thanks for you have created us in your glorious image. Regardless of our races and colors, we are all your children and we belong to you. Please help us to love one another and forgive the trespasses of those who offend us. We desire to glorify your name in our daily walk with you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!”

 

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