Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into God's presence with singing! Know that the Lord is God! It is He that made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him, bless His name! For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures for ever, and His faithfulness to all generations. .......
So many seek to enter the gates of God. No one likes to be left out of exciting things happening. No one likes to be in the wrong, out in left field somewhere, left standing outside the gate! It is true that God is now hearing the hearts of multitudes seeking for Him, seeking truth, seeking true love, seeking His acceptance, seeking favor. But they donít know how to enter......
The Gates of Thanksgiving
Gates consisted of two halves, secured
by strong locks and opened with large keys,
Godís gates are shut to the unclean (Revelation 21.27). Jesus went to His death in our stead outside the city, "outside the gate," even though He lived "inside the veil." Jesus Christ is the Way that makes it possible for us to enter not only the gates and outer courts but also the Holy of Holies itself. He is the "new and living way" by which believers are now welcomed to meet with the Father on His Throne of Glory.
We enter Godís portals with extended
hands, giving thanks. We proceed into His courts with praise. ENTER
into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.
BE THANKFUL to Him, and BLESS His name. (Psalm 100.4)
We cannot bless what we do not know. You may research the Names of God in the "praise section", for there you will discover more of who God is and your origin. God reveals Himself through His Names. He is Jehovah, the Covenant Lord. He is Elohim, the Creator. Out of all the earth, God fellowships with those who live in covenant relationship with Him.
Jesus Christ is Emmanuel, God with us. Jesus came to live the life, die the death, and rise from death that we might access God through His Blood atonement and be delivered from the curse of the Law by His Body broken for us.
Psalm 100.5 encourages us to know that every believer can express thanksgiving to their Creator/Redeemer by giving careful thought to the following three reasons:
1) The LORD is good. The omniscient,
omnipresent, and omnipotent Creator, our Covenant Lord, is good. His
heart is holy, clean, pure, and good. His thoughts toward us are
2) His mercy is everlasting. Mercy forms one tower standing next to the gate of the covenant of grace. Godís mercy extends from a heart desiring relationship with a people who are now without the gate, unclean, but who can enter in because in His mercy, God has provided the Way. In mercy, God forgives the sin that separates from Him. In mercy, God covers and cleanses unrighteousness. In mercy, God restores and repairs the breach. Today, the Blood of Jesus sits on the Mercy seat above the Law in the heavenly tabernacle as Jesus is the Mediator of the new covenant. (Hebrews 9, 10)
3) His truth endures to all generations. Truth
forms the other tower flanking the gate of