“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him,
and bless His name.” – Psalm 100:4 (NKJV)
Praise and thanksgiving are vital steps toward entering the presence of God. Thanksgiving gets
us through the gates, and praise brings us into the courtroom of the King of Kings. Without
taking these steps, we remain outside of the courts of God.
Unfortunately, many Christian pray that way. We stand outside of the gates crying out for God
to help us or to heal us. Sometimes we ask others to pray for us, but we never go inside
ourselves. We don’t enter into His presence, because we fail to apply these two simple
principles from the Word of God. We don’t enter into His gates with thanksgiving and enter
into His courts with praise.
Ten lepers also stood at a distance, crying out for Jesus to heal them, and He did – but only one
returned to give thanks. All ten were healed physically, but only one entered His presence of
God and was also healed spiritually. Thanksgiving is an amazing thing; it grants us access into
the very presence of God! Praise and thanksgiving take effort, just like returning to thank
- PRAISE IS VOCAL; it is uttered. It is the act of proclaiming the greatness of God, extolling
Him for who He is. Hebrews 13:15 says, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the
sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” We
are to continually offer up the sacrifice of praise (whether we feel like it or not), the fruit
of our lips. And oh, by the way, you cannot praise God with your mouth shut. You might
think you can but you can’t. Praise has to be proclaimed – and when it is, when we
praise God with all that is within us – our spirit is elevated into His presence. Praising
God is never a waste of time. In fact, it’s one of the most important things we can do.
- THANKSGIVING IS LIKEWISE VOCAL. We praise God for who He is, and we thank Him for
what He has done. Thanksgiving is the act of expressing gratitude for all that He has
done. When we go to God without a heart of thanksgiving, we treat Him like a vending
machine. If you have children, you know the difference between a demanding child and
a grateful one.
Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and
supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Paul tells us this,
because we can become anxious. Instead, God wants us to bring our concerns to Him in prayer and never be so focused on our needs that we neglect the giving of thanks. Prayer and supplication needs to flow from the lips of a thankful heart. When we come to God with a heart of thanksgiving, the gates of heaven swing wide open.
God’s Word is real; it’s true, and it’s forever settled in the heaven. Praise and thanksgiving
usher us into His presence. He is just waiting for us to believe it and actually do it.
God alone is worthy of being worshipped. What is your attitude toward worship? Do we willingly and joyfully come into God’s presence, or are we just going through the motions, reluctantly going to church? This psalm tells us to remember God’s goodness and dependability, and then to worship with thanksgiving and praise!
WORSHIP, AND THANKS, AND BLESSING – MHB 412
1 Worship, and thanks, and blessing,
And strength ascribe to Jesus!
Jesus alone defends His own,
When earth and hell oppress us.
Jesus with joy we witness
Almighty to deliver;
Our seals set to, that God is true,
And reigns a King for ever.
2 Omnipotent Redeemer,
Our ransomed souls adore Thee;
Our Saviour Thou, we find it now,
And give Thee all the glory.
We sing Thine arm unshortened,
Brought through our sore temptation;
With heart and voice in Thee rejoice,
The God of our salvation.
3 Thine arm hath safely brought us
A way no more expected,
Than when Thy sheep passed through the deep,
By crystal walls protected.
Thy glory was our rear-ward,
Thy hand our lives did cover,
And we, even we, have passed the sea,
And marched triumphant over.
4 The world’s and Satan’s malice
Thou, Jesus, hast confounded;
And, by Thy grace, with songs of praise
Our happy souls resounded.
Accepting our deliverance,
We triumph in Thy favour,
And for the love which now we prove,
Shall praise Thy name for ever.
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