Before We’re Thankful

Many people are involved with churches because of what it means to them. God’s got their backs, even when tragedy strikes. God is good and they’re forgiven. They’ve got the corner on truth and are not like the people who are not in church.

But is that Christianity? Is our faith about us or is it about God? Do we have reasons to be proud? Are we still missing something? Don’t our own works show our goodness?

(Psalm 100:4-5 WEB) 4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful to him, [and] bless his name. 5For the LORD [is] good; his mercy [is] everlasting; and his truth [endureth] to all generations.

I believe by only showing the last two verses of Psalm 100, I’ve left out the answers to my questions. Are we blessed because we receive or should our blessings come because we give? I’m not talking about works righteousness, but humbly seeking to serve the God we love. Because in this case it is easy to see that God loves us more than we love Him. See the post I wrote about “Poor in Spirit”/

It’s the beginning of Psalm 100 that shows us that we are giving praise because God is altogether righteous and all that we have comes from Him. Our praise should be more than thanksgiving, but a commitment to our Heavenly Father to give credit to Him only for what we’ve become. We should strive to love others as He does. God should be highest in our minds as we seek to give back to Him .

Man praying by a cross as the setting sun light up the clouds.

(Psalm 100:1-3 WEB) 1A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all ye lands. 2Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3Know ye that the LORD he [is] God: [it is] he [that] hath made us, and not we ourselves; [we are] his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

The third verse puts everything in proper perspective. God is the Creator and the Shepherd for all of us. But God also yearns for those people who have not joined His flock. We are like sheep dogs and should be concerned to round up those people that are lost.

And again I’ll point out the key role that men can play in this dynamic. As Husbands and Fathers they are to lead and protect their family. Secondly, they are to lead their family in service to the Lord. Their prayers should reflect on serving God, and not just being thankful for the stuff that they have.


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