Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. (Psalm 100:4)
I was sitting in the Prayer Room with my worship team earlier this week, as we meditated on scripture passages relating to “declaring His worth”. Declaring the worth of Jesus is to offer Him praise and thanksgiving, not for what He’s done, but simply for who He is.
I sing the song all the time, about “entering into His gates with Thanksgiving”, but what does that truly mean? The Holy Spirit began to remind me that it’s easy to go through the motions while clapping my hands and singing about entering in, but am I really entering into His presence?
The Psalmist says to “enter into His gates”. The gate is the passage way to the very heart of God. It is the door way into His presence. In order for me to truly enter in, I must choose to go. I must lift the latch, remove the barrier, and enter in. It’s easy to get caught up in a time of praise and worship, with great music and amazing worship leaders, and forget that there lies before me a choice — a gate — that must be opened so that I can enter into His presence. And as I enter, I come with a thankful heart, thanking Him for all that He’s done, and all that He has yet to do.
There are seasons when it’s easy to enter in with a thankful heart and give Him praise, and there are others when it truly is a sacrifice of praise that I offer to Him. I give Him praise, simply because He is worthy. No matter the circumstances, loss or pain I may be experiencing, He will always be worthy to receive my praise. I will thank Him in the good times, as well as the bad times. When I enter His gates with Thanksgiving, I am free to enter His courts — the very dwelling place of God, with praise, because praise is a direct result of a heart that is overflowing with Thanksgiving.
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