Entering God’s Presence
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
Psalm 100:4-5 NLT
David used a powerful word picture in this passage that we might miss because we don’t often think of the Jewish form of Temple worship. The Temple was the center of Jewish life. You went to the Temple to connect with God. The Temple had several courts before you would reach the Holy of Holies where God’s presence dwelt in a unique way above the Ark of the Covenant.
David told us the key to getting into the presence of God is thanksgiving and praise. We get through the gates of the spiritual temple when we begin to give God thanks for what He has done and praise for Who He is.
I have learned in my personal prayer life it is crucial to take time at the beginning of my prayer time to give God thanks for what He has done for me and to recognize Who He is. Giving God thanks is an act of humility. It reminds me that everything I have has come from the blessings and favor of God. All that I have and all that I am is because of God’s grace and mercy.
I want to thank God for my marriage, my children, my grandchildren. I want to thank Him for the house I live in, the clothes I wear, the automobiles I drive, and the food I eat. I thank Him for the friends He has given me.
This act of humility opens the gates into God’s presence. Then we begin to hollow His name—or recognize Who He is. We declare He is Elohim, the Creator Who created everything out of nothing. He is El Shaddai—the Almighty God Who is able to do more than we can ask or imagine. He is Jehovah—the covenant-keeping God.
This is just a sample of how we enter His presence. It is a daily choice to take time to enter His presence. Everything we need is in the presence of God. Let’s be intentional about taking time to get in His presence.
Father God, today I come into Your presence with a thankful heart. Your mercy and grace have kept me alive, forgiven me, empowered me, and provided for my life. You are my God Almighty. You are King of all kings, and Lord of all lords. All power and all might are in Your hands, and nothing can stand before You.
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