Psalm 100. Sung as a Hymn ‘All people that on earth do dwell’ (TIS 59
All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the Lord with cheerful voice:
him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell;
come ye before him and rejoice.
Know that the Lord is God indeed;
without our aid he did us make:
we are his folk, he doth us feed,
and for his sheep he doth us take.
O enter then his gates with praise,
approach with joy his courts unto;
praise, laud and bless his name always,
for it is seemly so to do.
For why the Lord our God is good;
his mercy is for ever sure;
his truth at all times firmly stood,
and shall from age to age endure.
William Kethe d. 1594. alt.
Notes on Psalm 100.
Psalm 100 is an explosion of praise and joy. It is a cry of thanks and hope on entering into a place where we are loved, peaceful and safe. It is a cosy blanket of reassurance, a tender caress of comfort, an expression of exquisite delight.