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.
How do we approach the Lord? How do we approach the Lord when we come into His house of worship? How do we approach the Lord when we enter His throne of grace in prayer?
We are a selfish people. While mouthing the words, "it is more blessed to give than to receive," we ponder those gifts under the tree on Christmas and those birthday presents wrapped in sparkling paper and pretty bows. Is it more blessed to give than to receive? Do we approach Christ in the same manner? Are our prayers all about our wants which we expect God to supply?
The psalmist encourages us to enter His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Are we thankful to Him and do we bless His name when we come before Him in prayer? Have we found in our own personal experience that the Lord is good?
The Christian life goes against our very nature, yet God is calling us to do no less than what the Lord Jesus did. The King of Glory left His royal robes and came to this earth clothed in carpenter's garments. He had a mission, and nothing in His entire life detoured Him from His God-given purpose.
Because He lived, we live! What, then, will we do with the life He has given to us? Before considering anything else, let us fall before Him in thankfulness, praising His holy name, for from Him we have the message of enduring truth. It is our responsibility to bring that message to all generations.
Where would we be without the Lord? What meaning would this life have apart from Him? We hold the keys to this precious life that God has bestowed upon us. Let us, through His aid and power, take that message to a world which is largely lost. In spite of the millions of Bibles printed each year, so very few find the treasures of life everlasting found within its pages.
Sadly, this is not just true of people from other nations, but right here in our own country very few have found the Pearl of Great Price! Let us, then, rise up and pray that God would give us faith to believe, and a message to take to the lost with whom we interact each day. Our life is our mission field; let us not hoard the truths of God's Word, but let us spread them out as far as we are able.
Yes, we have the Words of Eternal Life--we have the enduring truth contained within the pages of God's Holy Word!
The Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations!
God Bless You,