“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and with a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name! For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.” Psalm 100:4-5 Amplified
In honor of Thanksgiving, a holiday started by the Pilgrims to glorify and honor God for what He did for them, we will look at verses this week that speak of thanksgiving.
When we read today’s verse it speaks of God as someone you converse with, like a friend. God is our friend, at least if we are a believer. If you have a hard time doing what the verse says, then just for a moment give Him the name of a friend and substitute it in this verse. I’ve heard the story of a little boy who said he knew God’s name and when asked what it was he replied Andy. When asked how he knew that was God’s name he said he heard it in a hymn sung at church. Andy walks with me, Andy talks with me, Andy tells me I am His own. So thanks to that little boy let’s review our verse today replacing God with Andy (I don’t think God will mind if it gets the point across).
Enter into Andy’s gates with thanksgiving and with a thank offering and into Andy’s courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Andy, bless and affectionately praise Andy’s name! For Andy is good; Andy’s mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, Andy’s faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.
It’s not as hard to “say so” to Andy is it? God wants you to talk to Him and He especially loves to receive your praise. As parents we enjoy hearing our children say thank you to us and so does God, he is our Father after all. Try, at least for this week, to be more thankful than ever before. We can all find something to be thankful for, start with your next breath.