One inspiring bible verse, even in hard times, is the book of Psalm 100:4.
The psalmist David said;
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name
This verse of the Bible reminds us of our duty to God – that we should sing forth his praises and worship his name.
Each day, God protects us far beyond our imagination. He takes care of all our needs. He protects us at night through his outstretched right hand.
God provides us with an opportunity to continue to fulfill our mission on earth, which is to serve and worship him.
Likewise, when we have entered his gates with thanksgiving, God is pleased with us and will bless us even more than we could imagine.
So, what does it mean to enter his gates with thanksgiving? What are the blessings that come from showing gratitude to God every day?
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Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise
It is pretty challenging to give thanks when you do not appreciate the very essence of life.
And that is, you are among the living and not 6ft under the ground.
So, if you are alive and healthy, you must appreciate God through thanksgiving.
This morning I lost one of my patients, and it really demoralized me.
Despite all efforts to save him, he passed away.
I have felt so bad since then and unhappy.
But in the evening, during a church testimony event, I came out and gave thanks.
I said, “thank you, my God, for taking the life of my patient. You know I did my best, but it is your will.”
Irrespective of your situation, give thanks to God.
He wants us to be faithful and praise his name whether things are going well or not.
Each day is an opportunity to serve and worship him with our body, heart, strength, commitment, voice, finances, and all God has blessed us with.
The apostle Paul said;
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
God is very unhappy if we fail to realize that he is the almighty. He is disappointed if we fail to recognize that he created us from the dust and breathed life into us. He is even more unhappy if we fail to thank him for all he has done for us.
Let us take a look at Psalm 100:3. David said;
Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his;we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
We cannot deny the goodness of God in our lives. We’ve all faced challenges in the past, and today, he has given us hope and happiness.
God has taken away sicknesses from us and given us good health. He has taken shame from our lives and given us happiness. God has taken poverty from our lives and provided for us. So the least we can do is to thank him constantly.
We did not create ourselves. God made us from the dust.
Therefore, the psalmist David only reminds us of our duty to God. That, at all times, we must enter his gates with thanksgiving and praise him with all our hearts.
Psalm 100:4: Jesus Gave thanks too
Each time I read through Psalm 100:4, I’m reminded of what a humble and perfect Son Jesus Christ was.
If we tag ourselves as Christians, we must be ready to follow the works of Christ and do them. While on earth, He was always thankful to the father.
Here are examples of Jesus giving thanks.
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children
Jesus is the only begotten son of God. He is an exalted king in heaven, and yet, he showed gratitude and thanks to the almighty. If Jesus Christ can be thankful, it shows we need to do more?
We must at all times praise the name of God. This is through prayer, singing, dancing, and our commitment to his service. It is as simple as saying;
Thank you, Jesus, for all you have done in my life.Thank you for protecting me and keeping me safe.
2. John 11:41
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.
These are the words of Jesus during the resurrection of Lazarus. Jesus prayed and was thankful to God.
The phrase “I thank you that you have heard me” should shape your mind today. At this point, when Jesus Christ gave thanks, Lazarus was yet to be awakened from the dead.
In other words, he gave thanks even before his prayer was answered – That Lazarus should come back to life.
Accordingly, we must at all times be thankful to him. We must not get all we want before showing gratitude to God.
The fact that you are counted among the living is a priceless opportunity. The fact that we have what to eat, drink, and clothes to put on shows that we must be thankful at all times.
The words of Paul are also encouraging. He said;
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that
1 Timothy 6:8
After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
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Enter his gates with thanksgiving: A story to inspire you
There are numerous stories in the Bible that show the significance of giving thanks to God. The story of the ten lepers is very inspiring.
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distanceand called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.
This story reminds us of how we should behave. We should not be like the other nine lepers that forgot to give thanks to God. Instead, we must give thanks for every little thing God has done in our lives.
All ten lepers were quick to say, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” but when they were cleansed, only one remembered to give thanks to God.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving: Other bible verses to encourage you
I have compiled other bible verses that show we must praise God every day. Read and be blessed.
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!
Of David. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
5. Psalm 96:2
Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
A Song of Praise. Of David. I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
10. Psalm 34:1
Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away. I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
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