Psalm 100:4-5; Various
ENTER HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING
SONG: HE HAS MADE ME GLAD / THIS IS THE DAY
Psalm 100:4-5 - Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
This is an exhortation to praise God, and rejoice in him. The gates and courts represent two things: 1. The temple and 2. Heavenly courts. Both represent his presence. We are invited to come into the presence of God with joy, thanksgiving, and praise. This parallels Psalm 96:8 which says, “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.”
We can come into his presence because God has provided salvation to us through Jesus Christ. In Jesus, God’s Son, we have access to the Father. We can come and praise Him.
Ephesians 3:12, “In Christ we have bold and confident access to God through faith in him.” (CEB)
Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
The matter of praise, and the motives to it, are very important. It is important that we worship God for who he is and what he has done…and continues to do. We get a clear picture of this in Revelation 4+5. God is worship for who he is, his qualities: Holy and Eternal. He is also worshipped for what he has done and is doing: creating and sustaining his creation. And finally he is worshipped for providing salvation through the Lamb, Jesus. If that isn’t worth praising and worshipping God I don’t know what is. Our motive for praise is the salvation we have in Jesus.
But true worship can only be done if you really know him… not just know about him. Worship comes from a relationship with him. It comes from humbly coming to Jesus in grace and accepting Him. It comes from realizing who we are in comparison with God.
I am weak, HE is strong.
I am imperfect, HE is holy.
I am temporal, HE is eternal.
I am a sinner, HE is MY salvation.
When we see who we are compared to him, we realize the difference of why He is worthy and we are not. The covenant of grace which is spelled out in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament gives reason to praise the Lord as we behold his goodness and mercy. And it gives us great comfort as we find that grace in His word and through His Son.
There are so many rich promises that strengthen the faith of every weak believer who humbly comes to him. He strengthens our faith. He makes joy flow from within us. He gives us hope that doesn’t fade. And he invites us into his presence to worship and praise Him.