The Gates of Thanksgiving

February 22, 2012

“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.

A Temple on Wheels

January 31, 2012

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you…?” (1Corinthians 6:19)

All over this world there have been, there are now, and there always will be temples in which people worship their god.  The Old Testament believers had the Tent of Worship which was followed by the Temple of Solomon where they worshiped the true and living God.  However, in the New Testament there is a concept that was revolutionary and is not fully understood or appreciated by the people of God today: that the body of a believer is the Temple of God.

When we understand the Gospel of the New Testament we realize two vital truths: there is something to believe and Someone to receive.  We are informed that the risen, living Christ is patiently standing at the door of our life and He is knocking on that door.  We’re promised that if we will hear His voice and open that door He will come into our life and have a relationship with us (Revelation 3: 19-20).  The Apostle Paul is telling us that when we experience that miracle our body becomes the Temple of God.

This presents a great challenge to all believers who have received the living Christ into their life in the form of the Holy Spirit.  Wherever we go we take that temple with us.  We might say that we are “A Temple on Wheels.”  Everywhere we go and every time we find ourselves associating with people the beautiful reality that we are the Temple of God should bring a divine presence to all those relationships.

How should the reality that we are a Temple of God impact all our relationships?