I love this simple Psalm of thanksgiving.
A few months ago verse 4 jumped out at me like never before. As I was reading it, the Holy Spirit caused the phrase, “enter His gates with thanksgiving” to leap off the page into my heart. It was as if He was saying, “Andrew, do you want to enter my gates? Do you want to be in My presence? The way you enter into My presence is through giving Me thanks.”
We can always find something to complain about, but we can also always find something to be thankful for. For a while, giving thanks to God was a discipline for me, but once it became a habit, it’s been the way I enter into His presence each day. Sometimes it’s simple and sometimes it’s profound, but giving Him thanks has become the gate for me.
Verse 3 says that it is God who made us and we are His.
He wants to spend time with you.
My challenge to you this week is to get alone with God and give Him thanks.
I bet He’ll open the gate for you into His presence.
Linger there for a while and spend time with Him. It is there that our life is transformed, peace is found for our soul, and our life becomes increasingly brighter to the darkness around us.
1Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. 3Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His (or “not we ourselves”); we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. 4Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. 5For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.