For those in the United States, today is Thanksgiving. It is a national holiday where we remember how thankful we are for the founding of our country. The early settlers dedicated a feast after surviving their first winters and for a good harvest. Most of us in the USA will be feasting as well. God lets us know that He is our creator, and we should enter His presence with praise and thanksgiving.
Know that the LORD, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; 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!
The Good Shepherd
Psalm 100 is one of the Psalms you need to bookmark. Verse three and four is one of the highlights. For me, The Psalmist wants us to know that the Lord is God and He made us. You would expect to hear this in the Bible, but this is only a set up for the main point, the creator of the earth is also our Shepherd and wants us to know we are the sheep of His pasture. With that knowledge, it is easy to understand why we should enter His presence with praise and thanksgiving.
One of the prominent roles of a disciple of Jesus is to give thanks and praise Him. It’s part of our worship and should come from the overflow of our hearts. Are you thankful for everything that Jesus has done in your heart? If so, then you need to express it thru praise and thanksgiving. When we do this, we bless His name.
Enter His Presence with Praise and Thanksgiving
While it is nice to have a day we can set aside to remind us to be thankful, as disciples, it is something we should be doing every day. Make a habit of counting your blessings. Verbalize them to the Lord before you get out of bed. Tell others how grateful you are for the saving grace that was extended to you via the cross. As you do that, you will enter His presence with praise and thanksgiving.