“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”
This psalm is part of today’s BRP* reading. It tells us so much about the LORD our God, that we are His people, and how we should approach Him.
Psalm 100:5 says that the LORD is good and that His mercy is everlasting, and that His truth endures to all generations. Do we believe that He is good all the time? What if life doesn’t look like it at all? Do we stand on His promises? Will we trust in His mercy? Do we not only acknowledge His truth, but let His Word guide our path and pass it on to His children?
God has made us (and not we ourselves) He is our Creator, our Maker, and He knows us so well. How wonderful is that? Know that He hasn’t only made us, but God also cares for us. Whenever we are going through a hardship, when we are crying out to God, and when tears run down our cheeks He cares. He puts each of our tears into His bottle. (Psalm 56:8) Matthew Henry comments on this verse:
“God has a bottle and a book for his people’s tears, both those for their sins and those for their afflictions.”
Do we have hope in God? Psalm 100 calls us to come before His presence with singing (verse 2), enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. His Word says that we should be thankful to Him and bless His name (verse 4). What is that Hope that is within us? People messed up and got driven out of Paradise, but God has made a way for His children to get to heaven. Hallelujah! Praise the LORD!
While facing trials, remember: God remains in control! When His precious Son died on the cross for our sins, was He not in control? His Son did not remain dead in the grave but rose again on the third day. Christ Jesus lives today. That is our hope! As the song goes: Because He lives I can face tomorrow. And so can you, dear Sister in Christ. So can you!
Lift up your hands and sing praises to God. Come before His presence with thanksgiving.
*BRP: Bible Reading Plan see sidebar to the right.