"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
(Psalm 100:4, NKJV)
Psalm 100 is one of the shortest and most joyous chapters in the Bible. It can be read in about 30 seconds and is a great Scripture to memorize.
It is a very positive passage, conveys no sorrow, warnings or problems. It is about praising God, being thankful, singing and shouting.
In verse 4, concerning the worship in the Old Testament, the psalmist tells the people to enter the temple gates with thanksgiving and the temple courts with praise.
Although most of us don't live in Jerusalem and the temple no longer exists, we can still do as the writer says. Whether we are praying in private or attending worship services at the church or elsewhere we can enter His gates in with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.
In 1742 on a Sunday night, John Wesley journeyed into an oppressed section of Newcastle, U.K.
Shocked at the misery, moral conditions, and poverty, He and an associate opened the service by singing the 100th Psalm, followed by a powerful message.
Newcastle later became a powerhouse for the Methodist Church.
Poem by William Kethe, 1561
"All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with fear, His praise forth tell;
Come ye before Him and rejoice.
The Lord, ye know, is God indeed;
Without our aid He did us make;
We are His flock, He doth us feed,
And for His sheep He doth us take.
O enter then His gates with praise;
Approach with joy His courts unto;
Praise, laud, and bless His Name always,
For it is seemly so to do.
For why? The Lord our God is good;
His mercy is forever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure."
Psalm 100, Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms
1. Meet with the Lord regularly in a special place of prayer.
2. Look for Him to speak to you in dreams and visions.
3. Listen for the Word of the Lord.
4. Keep a journal.
5. Watch and wait for God to bring it to pass, It will surely come.
To serve the Living Savior, because He is my King, and my God. He is my hope, my creator and my future; the One who took my place and died upon the cross because He loved me. I can never repay Him, but perhaps I can show Him my love.
I will honor and obey His Word to the best of my abilities. I will honor Him by attempting to look like Him in my speech and actions, as commanded, and that, because I love Him.
I will listen for the Holy Spirit and do my best to follow His guidance and promptings. My heart is set, I will never turn back. I will not lower my Christian standards or conduct in order to make my stance more acceptable to the world.
I will not straddle the fence concerning difficult Christian decisions. His Word will be my guide. I will attempt to do all in order to win others to Christ, and lead them into the truth, in the solid food of the Word.
"Blessing to everyone. I love Jesus with all my heart and have faith in him because i am so grateful for so many things he has done in my life and in my family. The devil has tried to still my joy and my faith and peace but i stand firm in the one i belief that is Jesus Christ my almighty that has fought for me has healed me and answer so many petitions. He has lifted me up in times of trails and so many things. I love him with all my heart. I love your daily devotionals and read them everyday. God speaks to me thru them. Blessing to everyone."