“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Psalm 100:4
For the Jewish people entering the temple gates was a time of thanksgiving. For many who lived in the surrounding countryside, it was only once year that they had this privilege.
Think how wonderful it must have been for the lame man at the Temple gate who received healing. He had heard of the beauties of the temple, but had always been denied entrance because he was a cripple. The Scripture tells us that after he was healed, he went running and leaping into the temple, praising God.
How privileged we are today to be able to enter into the presence of the Lord any time, any place. It is great to attend church and worship together with God’s people, and feel the presence of the Lord. But in our homes, or wherever we are, we can enter into His presence as we begin to worship Him. We can worship Him and sing songs of praise to Him, and immediately we are in His presence.
Prayer: Lord, we enter your gates with thanksgiving and praise today. Thank you for that privilege, help us to never take it for granted.
Devotion by Anne Johnston