Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving
Psalm 100:1-5; Philippians 4:4-7
1Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.praise: or, thanksgivingall…: Heb. all the earth 2Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.and not…: or, and his we are. 4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations
4Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
- Romans 1:21-23 - unthankfulness is a trait of the ungodly
- John 6:11 - Jesus, our Lord, Savior, the Incarnate Son of God gave us an example of thanking God for food.
- Matthew 26:27 - Jesus, our Lord, our Savior in the face of His impending suffering and death gave thanks to God for the bread and the cup. Thanksgiving is not a beauty that fades when sickness smites the body or which is lost in the withering touch of years, but it is the beauty which grows lovelier in pain and suffering. A thankful heart shows our likeness to Christ.
- Acts 16:25-30 - Paul and Silas’ praise while in prison brought the guard to Christ.
- Habakkuk 3:17-19 - regardless of circumstances - “yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior”
- Isaiah 61:3 - God provides us with a garment of praise.
Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC