“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know 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. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
One of the most quoted Psalms. It has only five short verses, but is filled with so much Truth.
Within those five verses are seven principles that we can apply in order to maintain a thankful heart within us.
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD”
Regardless of how well we think our voice sounds, we can all sing praises unto Him.
“Serve the LORD with gladness”
The purpose of our lives is to serve, honor and glorify Him.
Why not do it gladly with the unspeakable joy that only He can give?
“come before his presence with singing.”
Singing is simply praise to Him. We can come boldly before Him with praise in our hearts and find grace to help in our time of need.
“Know ye that the LORD he is God”
How comforting it is to know that He is Who He said He is.
There is simply no one like Him!
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise”
From the moment we come before Him, our hearts should be giving thanks that He even hears a word we say.
When we realize how much of a privilege that is, how can we not want to thank and praise Him?
“be thankful unto him”
This is the only place within the Scripture where this phrase is found.
What a simple yet powerful way to live!
No one else deserves our thankfulness.
No one else deserves our praise.
Every single thing we have is because He gave it to us.
How can someone be unthankful after all He has done?
“and bless his name.”
How do we bless His Name? Though it sounds complicated, it is really quite simple.
The phrase implies a bent knee, signifying humility and reverence.
Why should we strive to do and apply all these things?
The last verse gives the simple answer.
“For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
Has He not been good to you?
Has He not shown you mercy?
Be thankful unto Him today for all that He has given you.
Ezekiel 21-22 | Psalm 100
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