“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations.” Psalms 100:4-5
One of the most awesome provisions we have as believers is unlimited and unprohibitided access to God the Father! In Psalm 100, the Unknown Author seems to know this, because readers and worshippers are encouraged, from start to finish, to enter personally into God’s presence and to enter joyfully and thankfully into God’s presence!
Prior to Christ, people believed that the Presence of God dwelled in the temple or tabernacle, in the Holy of Holies, accessable only once a year by and thru a High Preist Who a was ritulually clean of sin or any other earthly impurity that would be offensive to Perfect and Holy God. In order to obtain cleaning from sin, one had to bring a suitable perfect sacrifice to a preist who would represent them in God’s presence . . . In other words, God was practally inaccessable. Though in the Old Testement, people often prayers and experienced answers to their prayers, God was not personal or personally accessable as He now is because of what Jesus did on the cross and because of His Abiding Holy Spirit Who lives within us as followers of Jesus!
In spite of God’s general inacessability, Psalm 100 is an undeniable invitation to come into God’s courts and to enter into His Presence! Here we find an absolute recommendation of how to do this-with thanksgiving, praise and worship! Psalm 22:3 clearly tells us that God inhabits-lives within the praises of His people. God desires to be worshipped and praised because God loves to hang out with you and He’s drawn to you and you to Him when you praise Him. If this type of relationship with God was possible and even desired by the Old Testement saints who knew limited visitations of the Spirit of God (Paalm 61:4), how MUCH MORE ACCESSIBILITY TO GOD do we ON WHICH THE SPIRIT OF GOD HAS BEEN POURED OUT have? David knew God as a pre-Messiah saint because he was a man who’s heart was to please and worship God. David worshipped morning noon and night (Psalm 63:6, Psalm 119:164). David worshipped as a shepherd boy out on the hillside and in the face of a crazy-demon inhabited king (I Samual 14). David had a heart to worship God! David had a dread of having to carry on without God’s Presence (Psalm 51).
We, like David can draw near to God thru praise and worship, not just at church on Sunday but on any day. We, unlike David, are inhabided by Holy Spirit if we are true Christ followers!
Enter in today . . . Enter His courts with thanksgiving and His presence with praise.
Since Jesus died, we ARE the temple of God, Who constantly lives in us. Enter in . . . He’s waiting to fellowship with you! Think about it!