Enter Into His Gates

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him,
and bless His name.

Psalm 100:4

LORD Jesus, we praise You, for we are called by Your name, and we are Yours, Hallelujah! Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we do not humble ourselves. Help us to seek You, and to seek You earnestly and early, precious LORD. Guide us into and through Your Word. Enable us to us be thankful to You, giving all the glory to You. In Jesus’ wonderful name we pray. Amen.

What comes to your mind, reading today’s verse? My first thoughts were:
— Prayer Meeting
— Worship song called: I will enter His Gates

Listening to and singing this song awakes precious memories of some of the most powerful prayer meetings my husband and I had attended before 2017. I might share one or the other fond memory of them in future blog posts. Now, however, let’s get back to our study of Psalm 100.

Reading this verse again, please pay attention to the missing words and fill in the blanks —
which will supply you with the answers to the following questions:

Whose gate are we to (seek to) enter?
Enter into _____ gates …

And, how are we to enter the gates?
with _____.

Whose courts are we to (seek to) enter?
And into _____ courts …

And, how are we to enter the courts?
with _____.

Beloved, thanksgiving and praise are so important to our Christian life that we need to remind ourselves daily of them.

Who are we to be thankful to?
Be thankful to _____ …

And whose name are we to bless (praise)?
and bless _____ name.

In his commentary, Matthew Henry writes that we must glorify God and:

let him have the praise of that which we have the pleasure of.

He goes on to say that:

We must take it as a favour to be admitted into his service, and give him thanks that we have liberty of access to him, that we have ordinances instituted and opportunity continued of waiting upon God in those ordinances.

Oh, especially after going through the madness of 2020-2022, we should never, ever take it for granted that we have the God-given liberty (yes, that Christ Jesus made the way for us) to come before the Throne of God above (because, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us).

Come before Him in praise, and in every thing give thanks to God today.

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