“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him…” (Psalm 100: 4)
Psalm 100 is the definitive worship psalm. This psalm tells us what worship is, what we should experience when we worship, how to worship, what we know, what should happen to us and what the results should be because we worshipped.
According to David worship is to come before God’s presence, and coming before the presence of God is like having an audience with a King. Our approach to the presence of God begins at the gates of thanksgiving. This means that in a corporate worship service, or in our private closet worship, we are to begin our approach to the presence of God by passing through the gates of thanksgiving.
As I attempt to maintain my spiritual equilibrium as a bed fast quadriplegic I get more spiritual mileage out of the therapy of thanksgiving than I do anything else. David has pointed me to the truth that when I begin thanking God I soon find myself in the courts of praise and coming into the presence of God with singing. In the presence of God I know that He is God, I am His sheep and I live in His pasture. Then I’m told again that I should keep on thanking Him.
As a result of this worship experience I am to know that God wants people in every land of this earth to know what it is to make joyful noises of worship in His presence. He also wants it to be known that His truth endures in all generations not only in past generations.
To that end He wants me to serve Him with gladness because I came into His presence with thanksgiving.