“Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing, Know that the LORD Himself is God, It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name, For the LORD is good, His loving kindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100 (NIV)
This well known psalm declares the universal nature of God’s Kingship. Most of the psalm is a call to worship Him and to praise Him, and thank Him for His goodness and lovingkindness to us.
The psalmist asks us to come before Him with joyful singing, because we know that the Lord himself is God. It is He and only He that has made us, we did not have anything to do with it.
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. This indicates that not only are His chosen people, (the Jewish Nation), but we who have been washed in the Cleansing Blood of His Son Jesus Christ are also counted among His sheep; and; we can feed freelyand with His Blessings in His pasture.
He is our God, Jesus Christ has freely shed His Blood for our sins and that joy should never ever, leave us. Yes, there are trials in this daily living, but these trials will pass; but we should choose to let the joy of the LORD overwhelm us and be aware of our NEED to thank and praise Him continually.
The psalmist asks us to enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, I think that indicates that we should be spiritually ready to enter into His gates and into His courts with praise, and thanksgiving; meaning that when we enter the parking lot of the church we should be prayed up and ready to praise. We should come into His House with a thanksgiving praise on our lips and a thanksgiving song in our hearts, in other words we should be ready to praise Him.
Yes we come to His house to worship in singing and in hearing the WORD from our Pastor, but we should also come to bless those at church who are down and out spiritually and need a word from God, that is why we should pray continually to be a spiritual blessing to our church, not to just go and get a blessing, BUT TO BE A BLESSING.! Let us ask the Holy Spirit to open our spiritual eyes to see the needs of others, we do not have to know their need, we just have to be aware of the need to pray for them, and to ask Gods’ blessings on their lives and their needs.
God is the source and perfect example of His lovingkindness, and His faithfulness in keeping His promises. to us.
Blessings on you my dear Readers,
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