Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
Psalms 100:4 (ESV)
It is easier to give thanks to God when everything is going well than it is when we have conflict and trouble in our life. When there is sickness, discouragement, failure, misunderstandings; when all seems to be lost, how can we give thanks? From a human viewpoint, we experience anxiety, depression or despair. However, knowing Jesus we are blessed with a Heavenly vantage. Paul says it this way, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Paul saw through the filter of God’s power, grace, mercy, peace, and love. The Psalmist invites us to have an ever-present attitude of praise. He said to enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. And so today, with all there is to worry about, with all your needs, frustrations and concerns, turn to God. And as you do, give Him thanks and praise because He cares for you.
Father, I give You thanks for who You are. I give You thanks for Your grace, mercy, peace, and love in my life. I give You thanks for making me Your child and promising to never leave me or forsake me. I praise You and thank You in Jesus’ name.
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