Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His Courts with Praise.
We have been learning about God and who He is. Now we need to learn how to
praise and worship Him. We are starting with praise. We need to enter in joyfully into
the presence of God and eventually come to a place where we are comfortable there and
can enter into worship naturally.
Scripture References: Psalm 100:1-5 , Ps. 34:1, Ps. 50:23, Ps. 150, Heb. 13:15
Everyone knows how to make a noise. I would say most of us know how to make a
joyful noise. If you are talking to your friends and laughing and having fun. Did you
know that God wants to join in on that with you? He wants to have a joyful time with
Ps. 100 is a happy chapter. It starts out with " Make a joyful noise unto the Lord " It
also says to serve Him with gladness and to come into His presence with singing.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful
unto Him and bless His name."
For the Lord is good , His mercy is everlasting.
We need to be joyful praisers and have some fun with God. Contrary to popular
belief of some, He is not a solemn sober God that sits on His throne and scowls.
Psalms 2:4 He who sits in the Heavens shall laugh
He is a joyful God. He wants us to be joyful too. It comes up to him as a sweet
smelling fragrance. He is our father and like our earthly fathers, like to have fun with His
kids. So have fun with Him. When we start to sing in our meetings we are entering into
God's court. We are in His house and need to give Him our time. So when we start to
sing we need to get right into to it and clap and sing and have fun, with God. He likes us
to be happy, and praising Him will bring joy to us but also to Him.
I will bless the Lord at all times and His praise will continually be in my mouth.
Does that sound like we can only praise God in church? No we can praise Him anytime
no matter where we are. Sometimes we can hum a tune and that can be praise.
Sometimes we can just thank Him when He does something for us. And we need to set
aside a special time every day to sing praises to Him. We can have our own praise
service right in our own home. We can have fun with God wherever we are. He just like
having your best friend with you at all times.
Whoever offers praise glorifies me.
What does that mean? If you do something good don't you like it when someone
notices it and tells you what a good job you did? It makes you feel noticed and important
doesn't it. God does so much for us that we need to let Him know that we are thankful
for it. If we thank Him and let others know what He has done, it makes them notice as
well. That brings glory to Him. Also praise brings Faith. As I hear what God has done
for you, it gives me Faith that He will do it for me too.
Psalm 150. The whole psalm tells us to praise the Lord. There are lots of ways to
praise the Lord. Let's do it!
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is the
fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
Why does it say sacrifice of praise? Do you always feel like praising God? When we
do it when we don't feel like it, that is a sacrifice. We need to praise God whether we
feel like it or not. He is
worthy of our praise!
To really praise and worship the way we are supposed to I believe that it important to
have the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is a must to have His aid. I never knew how to
praise God until I got baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Praise is the first step into entering into true Worship.