A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations
A psalm for giving grateful praise.
Quite different from the giving of ungrateful praise
~Worship the LORD with attitude~
~Come before him with sarcasm and cynical remarks~
~Wonder whether He is indeed, God~
~Think about how we came to be~ and to whom or what we owe our allegiance.~
~Enter His place with misgivings and whining~
~complain and doubt His existence-
~question His integrity and endurance- doubt the sincerity of His loving-kindness.
Sometimes I’m guilty of the second rendering of the psalm-
I waver and doubt- my circumstances color the strength of my faith.
It takes a simple childlike faith or a mature tested one to come up to the Gates and enter into the court with true thanksgiving and praise.
I’ve graduated from the first and am approaching the second- so I have to look carefully at what I have to offer. I want my thanks and praise to be as pure and true as the LORD GOD I’m offering it to. And that takes some work- some prayer- some repentance- a renewal of faith.
Growing up in the Lord and adding to my faith is not easy. Sometimes the steps are excruciatingly painful- sometimes they are just frightening- becoming His child is only the first step. Becoming His grown up daughter is hard work- and learning to thank Him along the way has to become a daily discipline.
~but that’s the way it is~ in all the Steps on the Journey.