Shalom, everyone! Psalm 100, also known as “Mizmor L’Todah,” is traditionally recited during daily preliminary morning prayer services as part of the Pesukei D’Zimra, except on Shabbat, Yom Tov of the Festivals, Chol HaMoed of Pesach, and days before Pesach and Yom Kippur. The Pesukei D’Zimra (Verses of Praise) are a group of praises recited daily during morning prayer services. Psalm 100 is a song of thanksgiving, representative of the Thanksgiving Offering which was made during the time of the Tabernacle and the Holy Temple. The Thanksgiving Offering was made by an individual to thank YAH for recovery from illness or deliverance from danger. Because the Thanksgiving Offering was never made on Shabbat nor Yom Tov, Psalm 100 is not recited on these special days.
Psalm 100 reminds us to always to be grateful to YAH, and express our gratitude to Him verbally in praise, for His goodness, faithfulness, and mercy towards us. The following is Psalm 100 in English, taken from the Jewish Publication Society (JPS) 1917 version of the Tanakh. For a side-by-side modern Hebrew-English translation please click on the link below to Mechon Mamre:
1 A Psalm of thanksgiving. Shout unto the LORD, all the earth.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD He is God; it is He that hath made us, and we are His, His people, and the flock of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; give thanks unto Him, and bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good; His mercy endureth for ever; and His faithfulness unto all generations.