November 9, 2018
Psalms 100:4… Enter His gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and bless His name.
Is this an observation or does it give us a key? We used to sing a song that began with thee lines: “I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart;
I will enter his courts with praise.”
I sort of loosely interpreted that to give an order to a song service. Start with songs of thanksgiving and then do songs of praise…
That was probably a good interpretation, but, God didn’t leave me there. In fact, He messed with my habit of applying scripture to gatherings and not so much to individuals. I was trained in church work and sort of saw that as the ultimate expression of life on this planet. God led me through a gate. The first thing I heard was, “Jesus will not likely return on a Sunday morning when I am dressed in my “Sunday best”. He might come on a Tuesday or a Friday, sometime when I least expect him. And then I noticed a scripture that I loved.
John 10:10b… I came that they might have life and have it abundantly. He did not say, ‘I came that they might have meetings and have them more abundantly.’ I began to apply scripture to daily life instead of to church life.
He then began to teach me that it is not either/or; often it is both. The scripture we are looking at today changed under that scrutiny. Instead of just being a good consideration when preparing a song service, it became a way to look at life. When I was full of thanksgiving and praise, I found myself in His kingdom, hearing His voice and enjoying His blessing. When we proclaim thanksgiving and praise, we enter His world. He inhabits the praise of his people. (Psalms 22:3)
This verse is a way of life, a way of thinking. Everyday! Not just Sundays. God led me on a path to this conclusion. You may already be there. I am a stubborn mule of a man. You might be a gentle sheep. In any event, if you have relegated any scripture to the church instead of your life, you might want to look at it again. Ask God for revelation. Be sure the Holy Spirit is your interpreter, and not culture. And… you are His witness all day every day, not just when you want to be. “In Him, we live and move and have our being”