The first Sunday of every month is tagged ‘Thanksgiving Sunday’ in the church I attend and so we got talking on Thanksgiving. The Pastor quoted Psalms 100:4 to buttress a point and the verse just would not let me go.
The Scripture reads:
‘Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.’
It particularly struck me that as much as thanksgiving-which is basically appreciating God for what he has done, is important; it only gets us into the ‘gates’
Praise on the other hand-paying homage to God because of who He is, does us one better, it gets us into the ‘courts’.
I mean those are good places to be in. Even with an earthly king, getting into the gates requires a certain password. The courts? A higher security clearance.
How much more when we’re dealing with God?
But I am looking for more; I’m not just content to sit at the gates or wait in the courts for audience. So I asked, what gets me into the inner chamber?
This is what I found in John 4:23:
‘ A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers.’
God is looking for worshipers! He’s actively searching for them. Imagine with me the access that a worshipper would get. The benefits?
A close, intimate, inner chamber relationship with God. Ask David.
I want to be pursued by God. I need to cultivate a life of worship.
Who’s with me?