Friday, November 26, 2004

The Stargate Into the Courts of the LORD

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him and bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
(Psalm 100:4-5)
See how powerful is the act of giving thanks and praise to the Lord. It brings you through His gates and into His courts.

No matter what kind of circumstance you may find yourself in, or how desparate your situation may be — immediately begin giving thanks and praise to God (there is always something to praise Him for).

It will be as if a stargate has materialized and opened up in front of you (sci-fi reference). It is the gateway of the Lord that leads you into His presence. There is no way you can enter without it, and it is impossible to give thanks and praise without at least some faith.

When you give thanks and praise, you will find that the heavens have opened up for you. You are standing in the courts of the LORD — Yahweh, the God of Covenant. Your heart cannot help but be changed in His presence. Your outlook will quickly change as well because now you are approaching your situation with faith and the goodness of God.

If you will learn to live in a state of thanksgiving and praise, you will find yourself continually dwelling in the courts of His presence — and it just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter. (See Psalm 91 for more detail).