Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
My children know that whatever they need, I’ll give everything I have to supply it, but they can’t whine. I think God’s the same way in heaven. He doesn’t have a customer service department where you get to record your complaint calls. I don’t think He listens. Rather, He commands us to come before Him with thanksgiving and praise to bless His name! He says to give thanks “in all things,” and not just when everything seems right and you feel thankful. You have to be thankful “always.”
Did you know that the “gates” David wrote about were where the judges sat, and that the “courts” were where the judges ruled? What the Bible is saying is that if you want God to rule on your behalf, don’t go into the heavenly places complaining about what’s wrong. Rather, lift up your hands and say,“God, thank You that You’ve brought me through storms before, and You’re going to bring me through this one. ThankYou thatYou’re going to give me strength to overcome, victory in this battle, and hope for tomorrow. Bring glory to Your great name!”
And now may the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the spirit of thanksgiving explode in your own soul. May it enrich your marriage and your relationships with your children. May it draw you nearer to Christ and God the Father. Be thankful unto Him and bless His name, for the Lord is good. In everything, give thanks. Thus, God will be magnified, and you will be blessed beyond your capacity to contain it. In Jesus’ holy name, we pray and ask it.
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