Some thoughts for Sunday, the Lord’s Day.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name! (Psalm 100:4)
Let us enter the house of the Lord today with thanksgiving. In the words of the psalmist, we will “forget not all His benefits.” Has He not forgiven all our iniquities; has He not many a time healed our diseases? Has He not redeemed our life from destruction and crowned us with loving-kindness and tender mercies? Has He not satisfied us with good things? Truly His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children. We have seen the goodness of our God in the land of the living. We have tasted and seen that the Lord our God is good. With thanksgiving and with joy, we, the redeemed of the Lord, can enter into His gates and proceed into His courts with praise.
We do not, therefore, come to the service of worship in a lifeless, formal, and simply routine way. We do not enter the house of God as mere spectators at a performance. We come with an eagerness to unite with our fellow believers in heartfelt worship. We truly love Him who first loved us. We wish to tell Him so in our hymns and our prayers. We earnestly desire to learn more about Him, to hear His Word read and proclaimed, and to receive His blessing. In all things we wish to glorify and enjoy Him whose name alone is excellent and who is God, even our own God.
Skilton, John H. Think on These Things: Bible Truths for Faith and Life. Philadelphia: Skilton House – Sowers, 1986.