July 13, 2024


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Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM

“Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving and His Courts with Praise!
(Psalm 100:4-5)

The Lord is Good
Scripture teaches over and over that in fact the Lord is good. “The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD” (Ps. 33:5). “The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him” (Nah. 1:7). “No one is good but One, that is, God” (Matt. 19:17). “Consider the goodness and severity of God; on those who fell, severity: but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness” (Rom. 11:22).
The Lord has been so very good to us, and he blesses us so very richly.

“Know you that the Lord, He is God: it is He that has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting: and His Truth endures to all generations.” Psalm 100:3,4,5.

BRETHREN, it is a trick of Satan to distract us from the most important and vital matters by the suggestion of trivial considerations. When the best blessings are asking for our acceptance, he will bring the most trivial things into our minds. He will fill our eyes with dust to prevent our looking to the bronze serpent for healing. From the preaching of Jesus he endeavored to distract human attention by debates upon the tithing of mint and anise and cumin—the making broad of the borders of one’s garments, the wearing of phylacteries—the straining out of gnats, and I know not what else.
He followed this method at Jacob’s Well. When our Lord spoke to the woman about Living Water and the salvation of her soul, the evil spirit prompted her to ask concerning Gerizim and Zion—”Our fathers worshipped in this mountain, and You say that in Jerusalem men ought to worship.” With this same art Satan still works. It should be our business, not being ignorant of the devices of the enemy, to be more than a match for him by breaking away from all vain jangling and trivial questions. We need to go to the foundational Truths of God, the cornerstones of faith, the realities of life everlasting, the vitalities of godliness. These lie all Godward and Christward, away from the shadow land of ceremonies and vain speculations.
We must go to the eternal rock and everlasting hills whose golden tops are, to the eyes of faith, bright with the blessed daybreak. Let us get there, this morning, from the vanities of earth—and may the breath of the Spirit speed us toward the realities of Heaven—so to things essential we may give the attention which is essential to them. For what were we created, my Brothers and Sisters? I know no better answer than that of the Assembly’s catechism, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” There is a vast amount both of theology and philosophy in that simple answer which our old Divines have put into the mouth of a child.
Had man remained what God made him, it would have been his very element to glorify his God! To do the will of God would have been as natural to us as to breathe if we had not fallen from original perfection.

“With one consent let all the earth
To God their cheerful voices raise.”

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise…”
– Psalm 100:4

The Bible has a lot to say about “giving thanks.” A common phrase in the book of Psalms is “enter His gates with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 100:4) As we dive deeper into this idea of “entering His gates…” let’s remember one truth: We can give thanks in any circumstance.

No matter our season of life, there can always be a reason to enter God’s gates and give thanks. How? I think Psalm 100:4 tells us exactly why we are always welcome to enter with praise.

The term “gates” is a Hebrew word “shah’ar” which means gate, especially to a city or town. Each time this word is used in the Old Testament it refers to the physical gates of a city. God’s city is available to all who would come. So when we enter and come into this door of the Lord’s, what will we do?

We give thanks! The Hebrew word in Psalm 100:4 is “towdah” and it means to give praise or sing hymns of worship to God. Many times we want to come to God with our own agenda. We want to speak to Him with the words of pleading or asking. Sometimes even demanding, we enter His gates.

Instead, the psalmist is inviting us into a deeper intimacy and a more meaningful way to connect with God. With praise, we find our troubles tend to slide away. As we give thanks to God, our hearts are lifted in joy. It can be hard, but giving praise to God is the best way to knit our hearts closer to Him.

Quote: Spurgeon said of this verse, “Our happy God should be worshipped by a happy people; a cheerful spirit is in keeping with his nature, his acts, and the gratitude which we should cherish for his mercies.”

What is the scope of this indented joyful noise/shout: “all the earth”. It is an invitation to all the people of all the world to praise God. There is a very strong intended connection between evangelism and thanksgiving. If we exist as a thankful people, God will use that joy in Him to draw others to Christ. If we are a complaining, doubtful, and discouraged people, we are not a thankful people, and we fail in the call to draw “all the earth” in giving thanks. The whole earth too is summoned to “shout for joy to the LORD.” The nations must recognize who the Lord is.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who 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 forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Oh, how I love the Word of God! My soul yearns for truth and my heart swells when I hear it.

Another strong reason for living unto the Lord lies in His shepherding of us. “We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.” God has not left us and gone away. He has not left us as the ostrich leaves her eggs, to be broken by the feet of the passersby. He is watching over us at every hour, even as a shepherd guards his flock. Over us all He exercises an unceasing care, a watchful Providence, and therefore we should return praise to Him daily.

The way to serve God is to be washed in the blood of Jesus—and then to obey the Lord without reserve and seek only His honor. This is the way to Heaven! And when we reach those blissful seats we shall be all in tune with the perfected, for they serve the Lord day and night—and find it bliss to do so. This preparation and service on earth is absolutely essential to the enjoyment of Heaven above! May God grant you, then, by His Holy Spirit, to yield yourselves up to God, to serve Him—and may we meet above. Amen.



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