"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courtyards with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting and His faithfulness is to all generations." – Psalm 100:4-5 NASB
What is your attitude toward the world today? Many people feel overwhelmed, discouraged, worried. But the Bible reminds us that no matter how things appear on the surface, God wants us to have a spirit of thankfulness – not because of world conditions but because of our faith in Him.
As a starting point, the psalmist encouraged us to remember God’s promises and all that He has done for us. This should inspire us to “shout joyfully to the LORD” (v. 1). Don’t be timid or passive, but be bold. Shout out of hearts confident in Him!
We can allow ourselves to be dominated by cares, but the Bible says that we are to “serve the LORD with jubilation” and “come before Him with rejoicing.” We can trust Him because He is our Creator. And “we are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (vs. 2-3).
We are to come into His presence with praise and thanksgiving! Bless His name and remember that He is good. His lovingkindness and His faithfulness have no end.
No matter what you face, don’t be discouraged. And don’t allow darkness to dominate your heart and mind. One by one, think of your blessings and the reasons to be thankful. Then thank God for each one. Life’s problems will come and go, but His lovingkindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness will last to all generations and throughout all your life.
PrayerFather, I come into Your presence with a thankful heart. I am thankful for: __________. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingPsalm 100