Enter His gates with thanksgiving


Enter His gates with thanksgiving

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” [Psalms 100:4 NIV]
The apostle Paul reminds us that we are the temple of God. 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 reads, “What? do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
By God’s Spirit He lives in us. If this is so, and it is, does that change anything for you? Well, here’s a question for you: How do you wake up in the morning? Do you step out of bed in a cheerful and joyful mood, or in a foul mood? Are you pleasant to approach, or do people run and hide when you awake?
Verse 4 of Psalm 100 calls the people of God to enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise [Psalm 100:4]. In the Old testament this was with reference to the physical temple of worship. The psalmist encourages the worshipers to have an attitude of gratitude, with joyful exuberance when they entered the Holy temple. That temple is long gone. Today we represent that temple. Each and everyone of us is that temple. When we awake with the knowledge that God, by His Spirit, is right there wherever we are, that changes the dynamics of how we wake up and embrace the gift of another day. With gentleness and humility; with joyful gladness, with gratitude and thankfulness we leap into the day – not necessarily physically, but certainly mentally, emotionally, and spiritually we welcome the day knowing that it’s another privileged opportunity to enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.

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