Ps.100:4 – Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
And His courtyards with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
This verse describes the blessing and jubilation that accompanies coming into the presence of the Lord. Access to the presence of God was the blessing and focus of David’s life. He loved worship because that was the place he met with God. Enter His gates with thanksgiving. We can begin to come into awareness of God’s presence as we acknowledge His mercy extended to us and begin to give thanks audibly for His great mercy. As we enter His gates and become aware of Him our response is praise. When you come in contact with greatness, praise and worship is what you do. As we worship the Lord we enter into the courtyard of our King. This is what church is about, enjoying the very presence of the Lord. Here is how Spurgeon describes this verse.
“In all our public service the rendering of thanks must abound; it is like the incense of the temple, which filled the whole house with smoke. Expiatory sacrifices are ended, but those of gratitude will never be out of date. So long as we are receivers of mercy we must be givers of thanks. Mercy permits us to enter his gates; let us praise that mercy. What better subject for our thoughts in God’s own house than the Lord of the house. And into his courts with praise. Into whatever court of the Lord you may enter, let your admission be the subject of praise: thanks be to God, the innermost court is now open to believers, and we enter into that which is within the veil; it is incumbent upon us that we acknowledge the high privilege by our songs. Be thankful unto him. Let the praise be in your heart as well as on your tongue, and let it all be for him to whom it all belongs. And bless his name. He blessed you, bless him in return; bless his name, his character, his person.”
Last Sunday night the Lord’s presence fell powerfully in our church. He always does but this time was quite powerful and unique. Young and old alike were struck by His manifest glory. Many were laying in His presence for well over an hour. This is why we come to church. It’s not just to hear a good word, we come to meet with God.