1 A psalm for praise. Raise a shout for Hashem, all the earth;
miz-MOR l’-to-DAH ha-REE-u la-do-NAI kol ha-A-retz
א מִזְמוֹר לְתוֹדָה הָרִיעוּ לַיהֹוָה כָּל־הָאָרֶץ׃
100:1 A psalm for praise
How does one express praise and thanksgiving to Hashem? This small psalm provides direction with its abundance of verbs: “Shout”, “serve”, “come”, “know”, “enter”, “thank”, and “bless”. It presents seven directives for man to be able to manifest his feelings of gratitude in actions, and teaches that if one experiences God’s grace somewhere in the land, he should rise up, sing His praise, let others see and hear his joy and, ultimately, come to the gates of the Beit Hamikdash to rejoice with others. Thanking God, blessing God and singing to God are all ways to convey feelings of gratitude to Him.2 comments
2 worship Hashem in gladness; come into His presence with shouts of joy.
ב עִבְדוּ אֶת־יְהֹוָה בְּשִׂמְחָה בֹּאוּ לְפָנָיו בִּרְנָנָה׃
3 Acknowledge that Hashem is Hashem; He made us and we are His, His people, the flock He tends.
ג דְּעוּ כִּי־יְהֹוָה הוּא אֱלֹהִים הוּא־עָשָׂנוּ ולא [וְלוֹ] אֲנַחְנוּ עַמּוֹ וְצֹאן מַרְעִיתוֹ׃
4 Enter His gates with praise, His courts with acclamation. Praise Him! Bless His name!
ד בֹּאוּ שְׁעָרָיו בְּתוֹדָה חֲצֵרֹתָיו בִּתְהִלָּה הוֹדוּ־לוֹ בָּרֲכוּ שְׁמוֹ׃
5 For Hashem is good; His steadfast love is eternal; His faithfulness is for all generations.
ה כִּי־טוֹב יְהֹוָה לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ וְעַד־דֹּר וָדֹר אֱמוּנָתוֹ׃